50 Prisoners to Remain at Guantánamo

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A Guantánamo Bay detainee in October of last year.
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The high-level terrorism detainee task force appointed by President Obama shortly after he took office has concluded that nearly 50 of the men imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay are too difficult to prosecute and also too dangerous to release. They'll remain in the controversial detention center, even though Obama had vowed to shut it down early in his presidency. About 40 men will be prosecuted in the United States for war crimes or terrorism, and the remaining 110 will be repatriated, according to the Times, or sent to other countries for possible release. That accounts for all the men left at Gitmo. Attorney General Eric Holder has yet to determine whether the 40 men facing prosecution will sit through military tribunals, like many of their predecessors, or civilian trials, like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and a handful of others. Meanwhile, even though around 30 of the prisoners set for release or international transfer are Yemeni, none of the 110 will be sent to that terrorist hotbed.

Detainees Will Still Be Held, but Not Tried, Official Says [NYT]