In this image reviewed by the U.S. Military, an unidentified detainee is escorted by two military guards at Camp Delta, in this June 25, 2005 file photo, at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, in Cuba. The United States should shut down the prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay and either release all detainees being held there or bring them to trial, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006.
ASSociated Press: Annan Says U.S. Should Close Gitmo Prison
Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday said the United States should close the prison at Guantanamo Bay for terror suspects as soon as possible, backing a key conclusion of a U.N.-appointed independent panel.
The panel’s report, released Wednesday in Geneva and leaked earlier in the week, said the United States must close the detention facility “without further delay” because it is effectively a torture camp where prisoners have no access to justice.
Annan told reporters he didn’t necessarily agree with everything in the report, but he did support its opposition to people being held “in perpetuity” without being charged and prosecuted in a public court. This is “something that is common under every legal system,” he said.
“I think sooner or later there will be a need to close the Guantanamo (camp), and I think it will be up to the government to decide, and hopefully to do it as soon as is possible,” the secretary-general told reporters.
Of course, this is patently ridiculous – this is a WAR – i.e. Global War on Terror and these folks are the ENEMY.