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The Therapy Sessions
Monday, November 14, 2005

The perils of closing terrorist prisons

People who complain about U.S. prisons overseas, in Guantanamo and in Abu Gharib do have a point.

I, too, am concerned.

Certainly, there are some people who are only guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The imprisonment of those people is wrong, and it hurts the image of the US.

But how do we know which ones they are?

There many monsters in these prisons as well:

One of the suspected suicide bombers in last week's deadly attacks on three luxury hotels in Jordan's capital apparently was detained and released last year by U.S. forces in Iraq who determined that he was not a threat to security, a U.S. military spokesman said yesterday.

The US freed this man. Dozens of innocent people are dead as a result.

In some cases, the US ends up having to kill or capture these people all over again:

A former inmate at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who returned to Afghanistan to rejoin the Taliban as a key commander, was killed along with two fellow fighters in a raid by Afghan security forces, two senior officials said Sunday.

People - like Jimmy Carter - who call for these US prisons to be closed outright are just being irresponsible.

What we would do with these people, some of whom are undoubtedly mass murderers?

Let them free?

What politician would dare let loose the next Islamist Jeffery Dahmer?

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