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Guantanamo Detainee Arrives in the U.S.

Posted on Jun 9, 2009

The first Guantanamo detainee to be tried in a U.S. civilian court arrived in New York on Tuesday. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani faces charges for his alleged role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa. His trial will serve as an important test for plans to try other terror suspects in civilian courts, at a time when some critics contend that such transfers will endanger U.S. security.


The United States transferred the first detainee from the Guantanamo Bay prison on Tuesday to stand trial in a U.S. civilian court in a test case for President Barack Obama’s plans to close the controversial prison for foreign terrorism suspects.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba since 2006 accused of involvement in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa, arrived in New York escorted by U.S. marshals, the Department of Justice said.

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By blogdog, June 9, 2009 at 11:20 pm Link to this comment

RE: Should have been done a long time ago.

Couldn’t do that. Putting patsies, vendetta victims and bounty spoils on trial before they’ve been broken down and have confessed to something, would see a prosecution with no evidence and looking pretty stupid.

BTW: recent reports are that 1 in 7 released detainees returns to fight again - indeed, better provocateurs you couldn’t buy of just any street in the Middle East…no, these have “street cred” and added incentive, to stay alive and protect their families.

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By PatrickHenry, June 9, 2009 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

I’m sure he didn’t get a ticker tape parade.

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By Nam Vet 66, June 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment
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I say bring all of the detainees to the States and
try them in open court. If they are found guilty send them to prison. If they are found not guilty then send them home. Should have been done a long time ago.

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