Panel to Review Guantanamo Detainees
By K.L. Vantran
terrorists held at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will
have the opportunity to appear before an administrative review
panel according to the deputy assistant secretary of defense for
detainee operations said.
will review each detainee’s case annually to determine if that
detainee continues to pose a threat to the United States, said
Paul Butler. He added that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld talked
about the new initiative earlier today in remarks to the Greater
Miami Chamber of Commerce.
foreign government will also have the opportunity to submit information
on the detainee’s behalf, said Butler. "The panel will consider
all information, including intelligence information gained on
the detainee," he added.
are not in a "legal black hole," said Butler. "There
is an enormous amount of time spent scrutinizing each individual
case through various agencies of the government to help us determine
who these people are."
not interested in holding anyone for one more day than we have
to," he said. "We want to evaluate them (and) if we
can reach the conclusion that they’re no longer a threat, we’ll
release them. If we believe we can reach transfer agreements with
foreign governments who will take responsibility for them so they’re
no longer a threat to us or to their populations, (they’ll be
have been at the Cuban base for two months, some for two years,
said Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, commander, Joint Task
said there’s a very thorough process to determine a detainee’s
intelligence value and threat.
He said there
are three types of intelligence: tactical, operational and strategic.
Taken along with what the enemy combatant was doing when captured,
"this allows us to better understand how terrorists are recruited,
how terrorism is sustained – how financial networks power
terrorism," Miller added.
continue to get extraordinarily valuable intelligence from detainees,"