January 14th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Guantanamo Bay: What should happen to the inmates?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Pentagon says 61 former detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay have resumed what they call terrorist activities since their release.

A guard stands his position at Camp V on the US Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

President-elect Obama says he'll close the prison as soon as his first week in office. He admits there are issues to work out if he does so, primarily the threat that the suspects still in custody there pose to the safety of the American people. There are about 250 of them including 2 of the alleged conspirators of the 9/11 attacks. They can't simply be released.

Perhaps the Pentagon is trying to emphasize that very point with the information they released. But it lacks details like what actions the detainees have taken since their release, where they are now and why they were released in the first place. Human rights advocates are skeptical of the report.

President-elect Obama's haste in closing the prison is an attempt to make a clean break from the Bush Administration's war on terror. Yesterday, when asked about Obama's plans to close Guantanamo, President Bush told CNN's Larry King that signing the paper is one thing but actually doing it is more involved. President Bush said he wants the base closed too, but it's a complex matter.

Here’s my question to you: If President-elect Obama closes the Guantanamo Bay prison, what should be done with the inmates there?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tony from Torrington, Connecticut writes:
Re-open Alcatraz and keep them there. Perhaps some can be re-located to the San Francisco or Los Angeles County Jails. California has many facilities, and it's so close to Hollywood, where the inmates can be entertained. I know that the Hollywood crowd would love to visit and make sure they are being treated like celebrities. Problem solved.

Bob from Baltimore, Maryland writes:
Jack, the answer is simple, if they must be incarcerated until hearings can sort out the mess, there is nothing at Gitmo that Leavenworth doesn’t already have; unless you count the CIA spooks that can torture at free will and the special Water Board Suite.

Robert from Tennessee writes:
Send half of them to Crawford, Texas and the remaining half to Casper, Wyoming.

Iris from Saugatuck, Michigan writes:
Personally Jack, I'm a proponent of the Terrorist Relocation Program known as ALARM: "Advanced Liberals Accepting Responsibility for Martyrs" program. These Gitmo freedom fighters would be delivered free of charge to the homes of tolerant liberal citizens where they could continue their righteous plan of bringing about the demise of the villainous United States in the comfort of culturally sensitive homes of like-minded left-wing individuals.

Gina from Racine, Wisconsin writes:
If we have enough evidence against them to prosecute them then we should. If we have no evidence against them then we should let them go. We cannot hold these people indefinitely if they have not committed a crime.

Ira from Roslyn, New York writes:
Put them to work under heavy guard at the rebuilding of the twin tower museum. Then when it’s finished put them in the museum.

Filed under: Guantanamo Bay • US Military
soundoff (416 Responses)
  1. karen-phoenix

    Put them in US jails! How hard can that be and its not like we are talking about thousand! Isn't it about 200? DO NOT send them back to their countries for more torture.

    January 14, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  2. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    We are a nation of laws. Many of the people at Gitmo have committed NO crime at all. These should be released and given passage to what ever Country they desire. The ones who we can prove are Enemy Compatents should stand trial for that, otherwise let them go.

    There have been many reports that fighters against the US became fighters because of the abuses at Gitmo and other prisons. The US has NEVER treated prisoners in this fashion in the past and there is no excuse for doing it now.

    January 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  3. Peter TX

    This is a dilemma Jack, we don't want to look bad by keeping these inmates without trials and yet we are kinda scared what will happen if we set them free or transfer them to another prison within the USA. Lets do this, make Guantanamo the 51st state, that way the inmates will be declared Americans but restricted to their own Bay, i mean State.



    January 14, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  4. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Bush wants to keep track of these 'bad boys'. Perhaps they should be sent to Dallas to be cooks, housekeepers, gardeners, drivers, personal assistants for the soon to be ex-president. This way he can keep watch over them.

    January 14, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  5. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    They should send the inmates to Bush's old Crawford ranch. Have the army keep them lockedup there. Then at least the ranch would go to good use for a change.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  6. Anthony Smith

    This is an easy one. They should be sent to federal prisons and not allowed to hide in protective custody. If they are so proud of their religion and views, let them walk on the yard. I believe punishment will be served!!!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    January 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  7. Conor in Chicago

    They should be liquidated. If they weren't terrorists who hated America in the first place you better be damn sure they are now. I realize that this idea is cold an inhumane but our foreign policy has been rather cold and inhumane for the last 8 years. No need to ease up now.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  8. John

    Send them to Compton, CA. and see how long they last.
    Pampa, TX.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  9. C from middle GA

    Give them to the Israelis. They will know what to do with them. I'm kidding.

    Really – they should be put in a maximum security prison just as we do with other potential criminals, tried in court, and either acquitted of their charges or sentenced and have that sentence executed (prison, death penalty, etc.)

    January 14, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  10. Tom in Dallas

    Increase the population by two, George W Bush and Dick Cheney, and when it does get closed down they should be the last off the rock. Where to put them? First determine their terror quotient? If the person was bin Laden's driver get him a ticket home. The rest should be tried in a timely manner, probably in the U.S. Close down Bush's gulag's.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  11. Doug - Dallas, TX

    Either prosecute them, find another country that wants to prosecute them or let them go. Imagine if our citizens were held in limbo for the last 7 years; what would our response be? I think 7 years is enough time to get the information needed.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  12. eddie in NC

    If they have committed crimes then they should go in U.S prisons with others whom have committed crimes end of story.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  13. don dean FL.

    Is Levanworth military prison still in operation,problem solved

    January 14, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  14. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    How about trials in an international court?

    January 14, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  15. perry jones

    i recomend New York City or D>C maby
    perry jones

    January 14, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  16. shobana sridhar

    Well, if there are prisoners who are innocent and who have been illegaly detained should be set free and those who are terrorists and dangerous criminals should be kept in a maximum security prison to await trial and judgement. Guantanamo bay should be shut or it will remind Americans and the World of the highhandedness and the brutality of treatment of prisoners there.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  17. Charlie in Belen, New Mexico

    Room and board them with GW and Cheney.......On second thought they (the inmates) deserve a better class of neighbor.....

    January 14, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  18. EIS

    Give them W's address in Dallas and a key to the house. Then, promptly televise the torture they give back to the Torturer-in-Chief. After that, a trial in US courts would be appropriate and let the justice system actually work.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  19. Allen L. Wenger

    We only have 2 options; Keep them in prison or let them go. We are told that some of these men have been imprisoned for years and tortured, but we don't have any evidence to convict them. These prisoners may commit crimes against Americans if we let them go, but can we imprison everyone who may commit a crime some day? I guess we could shoot them all, just to be sure they don't harm us, but just how far down this road are we willing to go?

    Mountain Home ID

    January 14, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  20. Burt

    Follow the Geneva Convention rules. It's time we as a nation got back to being a world leader again.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  21. Gerry In Toronto

    I think they should all be sent to Dallas and live in a guest house at G.W. Bush's estate. Of course ,G.W.Bush can alwasy put them up at his ranch.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  22. Ed Reed

    The ones that committed no crimes, but were tortured and held without charges for six years and, as a result, now really hate America. They should be sent to live with George Bush and Dick Cheney.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    January 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  23. carson

    We don't know jack. only obama must know that.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  24. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    I believe they should be transferred to another US prison and not sent back to their homelands where they can take up arms against the Us again or cause anymore trouble.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  25. Scott, Wichita

    I say send them to a small uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific, and set them free. See which radical fundamentalist sect wins. Put it on Pay Per View. I'd watch.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  26. JD in NH

    Unless there are bona fide charges they can be tried on, send them back from whence they came and hope they don't sue the government because they were tortured. If it's a person who is charged, send them to a military prison on the mainland and get the trials underway.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  27. Ron K

    Hi Jack:

    Maybe we could re-open French Guiana. Remember Dustin Hoffman in the movie "Papione". Then when the balance of the Bush administration and the Bank executives are convicted. We could send them all down there. Or maybe they could re-open Alcatraz. That way if they try and swim for it, the sharks will get them. No coconuts there for a raft.

    Ron K. San Diego

    January 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  28. John

    Jack: They should either be charged with crimes or they should be freed to go back to their countries of orgin. Guantanamo Bay should be closed as soon as possible. Those charged with crimes should be moved to federal prisons within the United States. Dick Cheney should be investigated by the Obama Administration.


    January 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  29. V.K. Raman, Sparks

    If any of the inmates have given incriminating reports about Afghanistan or Iraq and we feel their presence in the world will be a danger to the safety and security of the people, they should remain locked, no matter which country they belong.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  30. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Closing Guantanamo Bay prison will bring the US Government back to square one, and square one means new arrangements. Relocate them to the nearest Residence Inn until their trail.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  31. Sherrol in Canada

    Do you have a crystal ball, Jack?

    January 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  32. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    General/Secretary of State Powell is right, "You break it, you own it." Have them pack their bags. They're going to Crawford.

    January 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  33. John in Rohnert Park

    Free them and split them up into two unguarded groups. Put one group in tents right outside of Bush's new house in Dallas and the other group in tents right outside of Cheney's house in Wyoming. Oh, and tell them they can all use the bathrooms in side the Bush and Cheney homes!

    January 14, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  34. BD, Boise, ID

    I know of a nice ranch outside of Crawford Texas.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  35. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    To me the best thing would be to send them back to Bagram AFB in Afghanistan to the detention facility. Seemed a little oxymoronic sending terrorists to Cuba in the first place.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  36. mitchell, arkansas

    they should be tried in a court of law. if there is no evidence , and their country won't take them back, then put em in a barrel ,in the middle of the ocean, and let God sort em out.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  37. Joe in DE

    Get them out of there – if not to some other country, then a US base. We can't let localities deceide if they want them.

    Disposition should be on an individual case basis. Any that can be charged, should be & promptly tried. If, after this time, there is insufficient eviudence to charge them, they should be released.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  38. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Unfortunately, we will have to spend taxpayer money to investigate and look into each case. Our Nation has proudly stood for JUSTICE and the Bush administration made a mockery of our values! Now its up to President-elect Obama to have his Justice Department look at each prisoners case and determine IF they are REALLY enemies or just poor men who were at the wrong place, at the wrong time! Case in point, the German Muslim man, who was imprisoned wrongly and eventually had to be released. If they made that mistake how many others have they made.

    And NO, Cheney........ no prison IS ever 'nice' no matter how you try to spin it!

    January 14, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  39. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    The inmates should be brought to sovereign soil, ours or that of another, and provided a fair trial. The newly emptied Guantanamo Prison would make an excellent location for the exile of the current administration, again after a fair trial. It is time for America to stand up for it's ideals!

    January 14, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  40. Mark in OKC

    They should all be sent back to the U.S. and housed in the same neighborhoods where the bleeding-heart liberals live who want them released. Then let's see how fast they get sent back to Gitmo.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  41. Shane Conley, Newport News, VA

    In the best interest of national security, the inmates should be transfered at an undisclosed time to a hopefully equally secure site inside the US. A maximum security prison in the middle of the arizona desert perhaps. Hell I dont care if they just evacuate the premises of all staff and nuke the place, inmates inside, but somehow I don't think that will go over so well with humanitarian advocates.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  42. Gigi in Alabama

    Try them in a court of law. If they are convicted, put them in jail. If they are not convicted, set them free in their home country. Keep it simple, there is no need to see into it more than it is not.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  43. Vivian Fauntleroy, Largo MD

    What about that ranch in Crawford, TX that seems to have so much brush to be cleared. Since Bush 44 doesn't plan to sit on his hands, that seems the ideal rehabilitation project for him. And since he is so good at keeping us safe on his watch, we will having nothing to fear.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm |

    We should first find out which of them has actually been accused of something based on any reliable evidence. If they were simply pointed at by a paid informant, they should probably be released. There is some evidence that we cast a pretty wide net related to potential terroristsand didn't know how to tell who was guilty or innocent.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  45. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Let them go live on the ranch with dubya.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  46. Audrey Fryer

    They were kidnapped (against International Law) from Afghanistan and they should be sent back to Afghanistan. They haven't had a trial and therefore are not guilty of anything yet. Just because Mr. Bush says they are terrorists, doesn't make it so. You have to be convicted first.

    Van. Is. B.C.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  47. cy gardner

    They should be forced to star in an MTV reality show. They become servants in a mansion where the chief resident is Dick Cheney and his wife. Guest starts like Alberto Gonzales and Karl Rove can show up for future episodes. Like most shows in this genre, the "contestants" should be supplied with plenty of liquor and only one bathroom. OH, very important, unload Cheney's gun. Cy Gardner, Arlington, VA

    January 14, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  48. Richard Stetson, Providence, RI


    Let each one of them have 10 minutes alone with Dick Cheney, a bench, and a bucket of water.

    Providence, RI

    January 14, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  49. Chris Boatwright

    Clear them out but keep the torture room open for VP Cheney.

    Deadwood, SD

    January 14, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  50. Meg Ulmes

    They should be brought to Federal prisons, given lawyers if they don't already have them, and be tried for whatever crime they've been charged with. If they are convicted, they should serve their time. If they aren't convicted they should be taken to the country of their choice at our expense. It's time that Guantamo be put out its misery.

    Troy, Ohio

    January 14, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  51. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    I think that the most violent and extremist inmates should be locked up in a large cage, located in George W. Bush's new back yard, and let him deal with them. The rest should be forced to watch American Idol for the next two months.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  52. connie from Indiana

    Jack, The Bush's have bought a house in Dallas( trying to stimulate the economy) maybe President Obama could have them sent to the Bush ranch in Crawford.We all know that trashy shed that reporters stand in front needs to be torn down , they could work for there keep.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  53. David from California

    Bush should pardon them, just like he is going to pardon Cheney, before he leaves office. (Remember, you heard it here first.)

    January 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  54. garrick

    hi jack
    they should go to trail and gitmo should be closed soon as possible.maybe you and wolf can be on the jury.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  55. Frank from Peterborough

    There is not any sane or just society that would lock human beings up in a jail without giving them the benefit of a fair trial via facing their accusers with full disclosure of the evidence being used against them.

    There have been many innocent people detained by the U.S. without being given the benefit of a fair trial and there are likely still a lot of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay fitting that description.

    The fact is whether you want to admit it or not the U.S. will long be remembered in much the same light as history regards Nazis Germany.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  56. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Jack, each case should be examined by the incoming Attorney General to determine the merit of each case. If there is significant evidence that should warrant an indictment, then that person should remain in custody until such time that a trial can take place and due process can run its course. If there is not enough evidence to hold someone, we give them an apology and a plane ticket. Our country is strong because of the rule of law, not weaker. The failure to accept that principle was the fundamental flaw of the Bush Administration.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  57. Paul

    They should be sent to a Super Max prision Pelican Bay Ca comes to mind, that is if they are hard core . If they are people like Omae Khadr well maybe a normal max security facility would do. And if forgien nationals i.e. UK send them home and let their officals decide how to habdle them

    January 14, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  58. Jack in DC

    Jack, this is a no-brainer:

    They should be read their rights and charged for whatever crimes they committed. If the government doesn't have evidence to charge them then they should be released and paid reparations. However, if anyone is charged of a crime then they should be transferred to a federal prison and prosecuted through the federal courts or international courts and get this process over with.

    After all, Bush and his cronies pushed for that kind of treatment for Saddam. If this was about getting information, they could have kept Saddam alive and waterboarded his behind to find the long-lost weapons of mass destruction they are still searching for.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  59. Axil in Iowa

    They should be set free, of course, so they can continue their plotting and planning for the destruction of the infedels. Wouldn't surprise me bit. The way things are going.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  60. Al in IA

    Since they are George Bush's prisoners, we should have Halliburton build them some sub-standard housing on George's 1600 acre Praire Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Tx. and put them to work clearing brush.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  61. KarenB, Florida

    Keep Gitmo.
    If you can't put them somewhere else, and they are returned to their home countries, for the most part they become "heroes" and released into society to "do it again".

    January 14, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  62. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    All of the inmates should get their wish. Tweny virgins in paradise, or something like that.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  63. Robert Smith, Tenn.

    Send half of them to Crawford, Texas and the remanding half to Casper, Wyoming.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  64. frankie

    They should be kept within sight of the world and within reach of their families. Maybe on our Middle Eastern military bases, where they could actually be tried through the American legal system. What an idea, legal trials instead of torture.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  65. HD Taylor - Arizona

    The inmates should be split up into two groups of people where one group goes to live with dubya and the other group goes to live with Dick Cheney. These two self serving, war mongering, hate mongering GOP neocon clowns created this mess and now they should be forced to have to live directly with what they created.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    January 14, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  66. Terry from North Carolina

    After shutting down Gitmo the inmates should be relocated to the coldest part of Alaska for oil pipe line maintenance. FOREVER.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  67. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    If anyone knew the answer to that, they never would have set up an "off-shore prison" to begin with. If you bring them on US Soil, they are eligible for the federal court system, its endless appeals, defense attornys who will want to subpoena Sec of Defense, generals and war papers, etc. They should be put in Iraqi or Afghani detention centers (under joint US and Iraqi or Afghani guard) until tre last American soldiers leaves the war theater. I hate to say it, but my man Obama may have this one wrong.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  68. shobana sridhar , florida

    The innocent prisoners should be set free and the guilty should be punished and put in prison. They should face trials in the United States if they have committed a crime against this Country.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  69. BigD 40-Below Minnesota

    Jack, I'm Giving Away My Age, Would Anyone Be Interested? BUT, Those Inmates should Be Put On A "SLOW BOAT to CHINA?" If That's Right Jack, What Do I Win + do You Need My Social Security Number, Now or Backstage after the SHOW??

    January 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  70. Tina Texas

    Send them back to their home countries. Have they ever been found guilty by a trial? No just held because they have Arabic sounding names, which is not a reason to hold some one.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  71. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    It's called due process Jack.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  72. AJ from Austin TX

    I think they should be sent to secret CIA prisons around the world away from the American media and the ACLU. A recent Pentagon report states that 61 ex-prisoners that have been released from Gitmo have gone right back to terrorist activities. Why should these terrorists enjoy the benefits of our Constitution, when they hate everything that America stands for?

    January 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  73. erico mb33139

    The Caribbean Ocean is vastly big. Put them in a canoe, to row out to the wim of nature. There's some pretty big whites out there !!

    January 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  74. JoAnn Hardy in Iowa

    I taught my boys that the job isn't done until they clean up the mess they made. Like many other things, Bush didn't think through the consequences of his actions, so he is leaving the inmates locked up and he's walking away. Real nice! Too bad he gets away with this.

    We can not keep the inmates locked up forever. They have to be moved out of there and either turned loose or given a trial. Hopefully, some other nations will help with this project. We'll owe them for helping us. One more cost of the Bush years.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  75. Patsy

    What's happening on Alcatraz? With all the money the
    government spends, it seem to me they could re-open
    whatever part of this island they need. It seems like it
    would be as easy to guard as anyplace else, then they
    could just "boat" them in to a California Federal Court.
    Tell me I'm crazy.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  76. Jerry from Monroe Co., WV

    If there is evidence against them which was gotten without torture, i.e. waterboarding, electric shock, etc., they should be charged and the government should present it's case before a jury. Otherwise, send them back where they came from. Isn't the purpose of the Geneva Conventions to protect our soldiers from torture too?

    January 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  77. Jo-Ann Blanco-Russell

    I think we should send the prisoners to Isreal and let them take care of them. They aren't as concerned with enemy rights as we are.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  78. Dean in Macungie,PA


    I say implant tracking devices in them and release them in Afghanistan or Iraq. Then we track them until we feel they reunited with their old compadres and what a perfect place to send a cruise missile.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  79. Chris from Buffalo, N.Y.

    The should be transferred to Henry Waxman's district.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  80. Gina in Racine, Wi

    If we have enough evidence against them to prosecute them.....then we should.

    If we have no evidence against them.....then we should let them go.

    We cannot hold these people indefinately if they have not committed a crime. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty AND if there is no evidence then how do we know a crime was actually commited by these people?

    The Lunatic Fringe on the Right will argue that if these people (who are innocent but have been held illegally for years) are released that they may come back to do harm to America. that is very true.....but....these people have brothers, fathers, uncles, cousins, etc that can all do the same.

    We have to undo the wrong of the Bush Administation. We are the greatest Country in the World....lets start proving it.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  81. David in San Diego

    It is a tough problem. After we pay them reparations for the disgraceful way we treated them, they should all be put on the Board of the Bush (the minor) Presidential Library.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  82. Tony from Torrington

    Re-open Alcatraz and keep them there. Perhaps some can be re-located to the San Francisco or Los Angeles County Jails. California has many facilities, and it's so close to Hollywood, where the inmates can be entertained. I know that the Hollywood crowd would love to visit and make sure they are being treated like celebrities. Problem solved.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  83. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    The inmates should be brought to sovereign soil, ours or that of another, and provided a fair trial. The newly emptied Guantanamo Prison would make an excellent location for the exile of the current administration, again after a fair trial. It is time for America to stand up for its founding principles!

    January 14, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  84. Richard Sternagel

    The inmates should be imprisoned in the USA(hopefully a desolate area) and be brought to trial immediately. Sentences handed out and Justice be served. Those who were wrongfully held should be returned to there countries of origin.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  85. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    We've blown up their homes. Where will they live?

    We've kept them in captivity for all this time. Can they still walk?

    We've tortured so many of them. Will they retaliate? Or will they have serious PTSD symptoms that include violent reactions?

    Will the arms that welcome them home be open or loaded?

    We need some sort of 'half-way' housing for them first before we release them, especially since they face hostile environments upon their repatriation.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:48 pm |

    They have been arrested for the same thing the guy name John, from our Country, got away with. He went to Afghanistan and trained with the Afghans and was set free when he got back. Whatever they do with them, they should do with him too. He is guilty, but probably has wealthy parents. You know Jack, money talks.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  87. Harold

    bush put them there why doesn't someone ask him. They should been dealt with years ago. Another half way job done by bush.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  88. Jeff

    Jack, Gitmo is surrounded by water. Sharks gotta eat, too! You do the math.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  89. Iris in Saugatuck, MI

    Personally Jack, I'm a proponent of the Terrorist Relocation Program known as LARK–"Liberals Accepting Responsibility for Killers" program. These Gitmo murderers would be delivered free of charge to the homes of clueless, tolerant Liberal citizens where they could resume their sinister plan of bringing about the United States' ultimate demise in the cozy, culturally sensitive homes of like-minded left-wing individuals. That would be the most compassion thing we could do for these poor misunderstood prisoners. Give them a fresh start.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  90. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, they should be made to stay at the homes of prominent Republicans until the inmates can give their side of the story in order to give some assurance of their innocence. Until now, I don't think their voices were heard in their defense. They were simply assumed guilty without proper process of the law.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  91. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Our prisons are filled with non violent people who got caught with
    possesion of marjuiana, etc. We could release the majority of
    these and have more than enough isolated cells here in the U.S
    for them.
    And, we need to examine our system. For many there have never
    been any charges or proof of their activities. There should be
    fair trials to determine the guilt by the rules required by our
    justice system.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  92. Nancy fromTucson

    Close Gitmo, Open Crawford!

    January 14, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  93. Tom Huntington, NY

    There's a ranch in Crawford Texas that isn't being used anymore. I hear it has very tight security. They can send them there to clear bush or is it brush?.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  94. David in Raleigh, NC

    They will have to move the Gitmo inmates to another facility. If released, these inmates will go back to being terrorists bent on destroying the United Sates.

    January 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  95. Pablo en Tejas

    First, bring 'em ashore and give them their day in court.
    Second, arrrest any essobee (no matter what their current or previous office, that had a hand in violating the Guantanimistas rights under our Constitution, Laws, Treaties and or the Geneva Conventions.
    Third, give those buggers each a trial in open court.
    Remember the motto....?
    Leth There Be Justice Though Heaven Falls!

    Pablo in Arlington Texas

    January 14, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  96. Jenna Wade

    If President-elect Obama closes the Guantanamo Bay prison, what should be done with the inmates there?

    Send them home.

    Roseville CA

    January 14, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  97. pete in ny

    Why not send them to Chicago- they would raise the etihcal standards there

    January 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  98. Eric Bracke, Fort Collins, CO

    give them to Cuba.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  99. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Each inmate should be given one million Euros (dollars will be worthless pretty soon), a nice, huge villa for them and their families in a country of their choice and a huge appology from the US of A.

    But that's not going to happen. Guantanamo might be dismantled, but the prisoners will probably be transported to the numerous prison ships in oceans around the world to be tortured and/or killed.

    The US is a banana republic. We invade other countries, destroy their infrastructure, take away their resourses, imprison their people and kill them. This country sucks.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  100. Michelle-Ft. Myers, FL

    Send them home; they've suffered enough.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  101. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    If Obama closes the prison then I would assume he thinks they should be free so it follows that he should release them.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  102. Krishna Koliwad

    They should be housed at the ranch in Crawford, TX and George should hire Dick to guard them. May be he can build a guard-shack for Dick there. Those are the only two who are paranoid about GITMO.

    LCF, CA

    January 14, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  103. Cecil Jones

    This is a time to listen to our forefathers for advice. I'd like to quote Patrick Henry, "Give them liberty or give them death." If they are innocent, they have served their debt. If they want more "Bring it on!"

    January 14, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  104. Nelson, Somerdale, NJ

    I think education and job skills training are going to be the keys to rehabilitation for these people. That is why I am in favor of putting the soon to be former Gitmo residents in a work release program and halfway house. I would locate the halfway house two doors down from W's new home where he could keep eye on them.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  105. chester from toledo ohio

    jack i think the inmates should be in the worst prison in the US so that they could get tried

    January 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  106. Omar Teutle

    Jack...President Elect-Obama should hold a brunch on his ignaguration day with all of these prisoners and dialogue...afterall, didn't Obama once say that a strong President and a strong Country talks to their enemies? If President Elect-Obama doesn't want to do this...then...well...he should build them a new prison in the basement of the Whitehouse.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  107. Ross in California

    Send them to Paradise via a firing squad.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  108. sully,,,forest park ga

    there's only one place for them ( ALCATRAZ ) re-open ALCATRAZ, they belong there and keep the military in charge.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  109. Sam Fairview, Texas

    They should be moved to other Federal prisons to serve their time. When we close other prisons in this country we do not release those prisoners and give them a get out of jail free card. What you do for one you should do for all.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  110. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Hire them as congressional pages and assistants. They deserve each other.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  111. Gigi

    They should be tried by an international court.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  112. sharon kitchen

    let's see.....the Pentagon released this report after Obama made his satement?????? Hmmmmmmmmmm.

    1st-basic human rights
    2nd–lawyers for each.
    3rd–a trial.
    4th–if found guily,a sentance.
    5th–time to appeal.
    6th–when appeal time is up. Jail,somewhere. We have many people
    that have gone through this process that are extremly dangerous
    and they are in a MAXIMUM jail,(Federal, not a county jail).
    7th–if NOT guilty........returned to their home countries.

    When did the U.S. become the U.N.? /the U.S. is not even a member state of the ICC. We should be...........but then,there are those that might be tried as "War Criminals"......oh ,oh.....................did all those
    e mails get desroyed, or were they saved in time??????????

    but then, they could have those rights as well...............I think the constitution covers this.......?..........but I'm not a lawyer.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  113. JW in Atlanta

    They all should become domestic house staff for the Bushes in their new Dallas home. That way there would be justice served all around.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  114. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, unless the Government has Proof that these people are terriorist I say let them go back home, they've been there serving a sentence for no charges for a very long time. No charges, no lawyers, no evidence? No wonder these people hate us were making more enemies doing crap like this then solving the problem.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  115. Jan Illinois

    If they fired a shot at our soldiers, just one, I don't care what they do with them.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  116. Sly, Alpena, Mi.

    If the Government can not proved that they committed any crimes, they should be "Cut loose" and send back to their Country.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  117. Richard - Knoxville TN

    Turn 'em all over to our Iraqi allies - They'll know how to deal with them - Shoot, they might even have a trial before they're taken care of with community service - Like, say, portable IED and land mine detectors??

    January 14, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  118. Carl

    They should be castrated.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  119. Bob in Baltimore


    The answer is simple,if they must be incarcerated until hearings cna sort out the mess, there is nothing at Gitmo that Leavenworth doesnt already have. Unless you count the CIA spooks that can torture at free will and the special Water Board Suite.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  120. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Send them to Gaza. I'm sure Israel will know what to do with them.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  121. Bob in Baltimore


    The answer is simple,if they must be incarcerated until hearings can sort out the mess, there is nothing at Gitmo that Leavenworth doesnt already have. Unless you count the CIA spooks that can torture at free will and the special Water Board Suite.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  122. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Send 'em over to Maricopa County, Arizona to Sheriff Joe.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  123. Melissa

    Honestly, I'm a supporter of the death penalty. If they are a danger to people, as these terrorists are obviously dangerous to hundreds if not thousands or more, then the death penalty needs to be considered. Its time to stop pandering to the terrorists.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  124. Jack Carlson

    When Obama let's them out they should go to Hyde Park in Chicago and the Liberal Politicians neighborhoods.
    Jack Carlson
    Seattle WA

    January 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  125. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    The ones who are suspects need to be tried in our court system and the rest sent home.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  126. Iris in Saugatuck, MI

    Personally Jack, I'm a proponent of the Terrorist Relocation Program known as ALARM–"Advanced Liberals Accepting Responsibility for Martyrs" program. These Gitmo freedom fighters would be delivered free of charge to the homes of tolerant Liberal citizens where they could continue their righteous plan of bringing about the demise of the villainous United States in the comfort of culturally sensitive homes of like-minded left-wing individuals. That would be the most compassion thing we could do to restore the human rights of and give a fresh start to these poor misunderstood prisoners.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  127. Dan, Chantilly VA

    There are some open Senate positions that need filling. They couldn't do much worse than our current group of criminals.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  128. Nancy, Tennessee

    Reopening Alcatraz sounds like a good idea.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  129. sandra/canada

    Dear Jack: They should shipped off to some place like Leavenworth, given representation by legal counsel and receive due process in an
    American court of law or be treated according to the Geneva Conventions for prisoners of war. Anything less is and will be a stain on America for decades to come.


    January 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  130. Art Hambach

    The question of how to deal with the prisoners at Gitmo has been raised. I present a proposal on handle with that issue.

    As for the prisoners at Gitmo each should have a public trial on the issue of whether he presents a serious threat to people of the United States.
    At this trial there should be a jury made up of four people with interests similar to the accused, four people known to have strong loyalty to the United States and four people of independent loyalties who are not strongly opposed by the accused. An independent judge, not a citizen of the United States, should preside. The United States should present its case against the accused. The accused should have a team of three defenders to present his defense. Choosing these defenders raises a problem because the accused most likely is not familiar with pool of available advocates. The United Nations should be asked to set up a staff to advise the accused on his choice of representatives. A trial will transpire and a verdict delivered. If the verdict is guilty the convicted individual will spend his life in a maximum security prison in the United States. If the verdict is not guilty the individual will be awarded a million American dollars and returned to his homeland.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  131. Mike - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Well Jack – do you have any spare bedrooms? In all honesty I could care less. Why not just take them back to Afghanistan, Iraq

    January 14, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  132. D. Texas

    If they are not charged with any thing,let them go

    January 14, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  133. david doherty

    If they haven't been found guilty of terrorism by now then let them go and maybe, just maybe they won't exact revenge on the US.. Terrorist
    are made, not born. Thanks George!

    Dave from NH.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  134. Dan from Alliance, OH


    We should move them to the mainland of US and place them in a prisoner of war type camp. Open up some old military location where it is very cold and house them this way. Any that are citizans of places like UK or Saudi, send them home. We will see how these people take care of their own. Some should just be returned home, even though they may go back to being a combatent.


    January 14, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  135. Patricia

    The inmates who we grabbed & were not part of any terror group & were tortured by this Nation are probably nearly insane from the abuse. Therefore we should find competent medical care including psychiatric care. Yes, I said psychiatric care, because our torturers have made sure these prisoners are suffering from PTSD just like our soldiers are. As for the few real terrorist we do have, they deserve due process. But, since we've tortured them, making them stand trial in any court of this Nation will be a travesty of justice, if their torturers aren't standing in a court facing the same justice. Yep, I'll say it, George Bush, Dick Cheney & Donald Rumsfeld should stand trial for "Crimes Against Humanity". CLOSE GITMO NOW!!!!!
    Palmdale, Ca.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  136. Chryssa

    Send them to prisons in their homelands. Having them locked up under our watch hasn't made any difference anyway.

    Boise, ID

    January 14, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  137. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If Bush and Obama both agree that Guantanamo Bay prison should be closed but say those prisoners still pose a threat to our security is double talk. We've got Iran, with a population of more than 250 people, that doesn't pose a threat but is threat and holding these men isn't stopping their threat.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  138. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    simple...those found guilty (beyond resonable doubt) to have taken part in or planned or financed acts of terrorism against America should be put to death or at least be sentenced to life without parole and their families should be deported if they are living in North America.
    The border line ones should be banned from Nato countries for life. The innocent should be set free. No appeals, no complaint filings just do it and forget about it.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  139. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Short haul, the Guantanamo Bay prisioners could be split up and housed in the various military prisons here in the U.S. For the longer term, POW camps could be constructed in remote parts of the west just as they were during World War II. In the meantime, they either need to be declared prisioners of war, with associated rights, or be given fair trials then released or sentenced. But to keep them locked up forever just because we don't know what to do with them is immoral and a violation of international law.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  140. CJWFL

    They should be sent to the toughest,strictest prison we have in the U.S. They must be in solitary confinement 7 hours a day with only 15 minutes yard breaks to exercise.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  141. Annie, Atlanta

    Due proces, that is the real due process not the Bush version. What we've done to these people is mark on us forever. Then, of course, due process for Bush & Co. for war crimes. I can dream, can't I?

    January 14, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  142. Sandra fromTexas

    This is not rocket science. Go through each prisoner and their particular circumstances one by one. If there is enough evidence for trial, then bring them to the U.S. to be tried. If not, then ask them where they want to go and put them on a plane. End of story.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  143. Troy Miller

    It depends on why they are there to begin with. If they assessed as a high risk inmate then place them in a federal prison. If not then I agree with the idea of sending them back where they came from and let there home nations deal with them accordingly.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  144. Ron from Snowy Minnesota

    send them to IRAQ. also send bush and his goons to iraq forever......

    January 14, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  145. Rick Medina,OH


    Since we're throwing money around in this country right now as if it grows on trees, we could consider remodeling and using Alcatraz.

    Rick S., Medina, OH

    January 14, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  146. Duke, Sarasota

    . . . George Bush's new home in Texas is over 9.000 square feet. It would make one hell of a halfway house, Jack.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  147. L.M.,Arizona

    Try to send them to their home countries if not put them in Afganistan's prisons. A stupid mistake by Bush that needs to be corrected.


    January 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  148. Larry in Canada

    Expedite the trials, and get all the detainees off the books.

    Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen born in Canada, and was a child 15 of when he was taken into United States custody.

    In February 2008, the Pentagon accidentally released information showing that while Khadr was present during the firefight, there was no other evidence that he had thrown the grenade which killed an American soldier.

    Once that's done, we send Bush and Cheney to The Hague for war crimes and treason.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  149. Ken @ Charlotte, NC


    I am reminded of a scene from an old John Wayne calvery movie where a few of his Indian scouts are being closely chased back toward him by a hostile war party. John Wayne gives the order to fire on the rapidly approaching Indians, but his aide interjects that he might kill his own scouts. John Wayne yells, "Kill them all and let God sort them out". While that is too radical for these times the sentiment is quietly tempting.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  150. Jay in Texas

    The inmates should be formally charged, given lawyers to defend them, tried, and if they are acquitted, they should be released and returned to their families. If they are convicted in fair legal proceedings, they should be put in prisons in this country just like any other convict. Under no circumstances, should they be allowed to be transferred to another foreign country for incarceration without due process.
    Brownwood, Texas

    January 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  151. randy anselmo

    i thinl the priso ers sbould be extredited to there own country and be punished and held accountable by there own country.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  152. Don (Ottawa)

    I'm sure there's a military prison somewhere they could use. How about the Portsmouth Naval Prison, Kittery ME, which is nearly empty? This issue seems like they are looking for an excuse to continue with the status quo.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  153. Pugas-AZ

    I'm sorry to say Obama, but the Bush legacy will be stuck to your shoe for a long time. You can't scrape it off that easily and subject the rest of us to stepping in it. The campaign is over and the real world is out there waiting for more foolish mistakes to be made. What ever you do, give it plenty of thought.. Remember, we are Americans not just Republican or Democrats.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  154. Kooksf from SF

    To me, a detainee is someone pulled over for speeding and given a ticket, or in my hood, someone seen doing something questionable and put on the wall and searched then arrested or released. When we captured enemy forces in previous wars, they were called POW’s. The POW’s were tried and found guilty or not guilty. The people in Gitmo are no different. Either bring up on charges and convict them or let them go. The current administration handling of legal matter leaves a whole bunch to be desired. Kidnapping is kidnapping.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm |

    I wish they could execute all of them. I don't understand the liberals and ACLU protesting inmates rights being violated. They were combatants not in uniform. The Geneva Convention should not apply. They should be considered spies and executed. If they are set free they will commit terrorist acts which is typical since 85% of muslims are not civilized. The inmates that were released were already committing terrosist acts.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  156. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    After the way they were treated, I'm surprised that the ones that were released haven't started their own terrorist organization for the sole purpose of getting the US. I mean, do people really think after being in a cell for six to eight years on NO charges or tortured to say you were guilty of charges, whether you were or not, that these people are going to forgive and forget? Do you really think they are our biggest fans because we let them go? I dubious about people from another country being paid for the terrorists they turned in to begin with, never mind where our government comes up with charges against them. Don't we condemn other countries for doing this? Wasn't this one of the reasons Saddam was such a bad guy?

    January 14, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  157. Jerry from Jacksonville

    Turn them loose on Bushes ranch in Crawford, Tx.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  158. Bob D, Morristown, NJ

    Closing this concentration camp in the nether regions of US leased land is really a statement that the US will no longer torture prisoners. What happens to the prisoners is really a matter that needs to be determined on an individual basis. Those who have not yet been tried in court should be forthwith. Those found guilty should be incarcerated in the United States proper, just as the terrorists who bombed the WTC in 1993 were.

    For those with insufficient evidence, but for whom no country will accept their deportation, they could be considered prisoners of war (for we really are at war) and incarcerated on a military base in the U.S. proper.

    As far as the 61 former detainees who returned to terrorism goes, how does the pentagon know this to be the case? Were they recaptured? Even if they were recaptured, it is perfectly feasible that someone who was incarcerated in a place like Gitmo unjustly might first turn to terrorism upon their release to avenge their unjust incarceration, and possible torture.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  159. David in San Diego

    After paying them reparations for the harm we have done to them, they should all be added to the Board of Directors of the Bush Presidential Library.

    January 14, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  160. DAME O TX

    They should be tried in court. If determined to be threats to the U.S., then place them in undisclosed U.S prisons accordingly.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  161. Alex in Seattle

    Try them for their crimes or let them go. We are a nation of laws and not of whim, even when the Decider in Chief decided that they are enemy combatants with no rights. This endless legal limbo must end. If we can't try them because the evidence against them is tainted by torture, well let this be a lesson for us to follow international law and treaties not to torture. Since the Constitution says that treaties we had ratified have the force of law, we shouldn't continue to shred the Constitution in the name of protecting the American people.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  162. Bob Near Texas

    They should be taken to Camp Crawford, the former Western White House. They should then be tried in Texas. Texas will take very good care of them.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  163. Valerie - Raleigh, North Carolina

    After Bush and Cheney are tried at the Hague and found guilty, lock them up with some of the Gitmo detainees they so mistreated. Sounds like justice to me.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  164. Pauline, ON

    Close it if you like but Canada doesn't want Khadr back. Put him on trial first.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  165. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    For GOd's sake, this is a no brainer. If we can charge them, we should. Let justice take its course. There are millions of Islamiscists who are loose in the world and doing just as these people are said to have done. What is two hundred more? Is there any way to ask them where they want to go and just send them there? I don't think we have to guarantee their safety beyond a certain point. Nor do we have a right to imprison any person without the due process of legal procedure. If it were a crime to hate George Bush for what he's done, we would have to take over the entire island of Cuba to imprison us all.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  166. AJ from Austin TX

    Only a moron would think that the U.S. military can bring these prisoners here. Once on American soil, they're entitled to a trial along with AMERICAN civil rights. Having a public trial for these terrorists could compromise intelligence techniques as well as intel resources. Set aside the blind hatred of President Bush and think with your brain, Jack.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  167. Sam in Florida

    To this day I can't see what we have gained by torturing these people and what the interrogation has done for us. VP Dick Cheney claims the info that we have obtained from these people was worth it. If thats so, why is Bin Ladin still a free man and why is the situation in Afganistan gone from bad to worse?
    If we must keep them, close Gitmo and put the inmates in various state prisons around the country.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  168. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    If these guys weren't terrorists before, they are now. We locked them up without a trial indefinitely. We tortured them for information. so now what. If we turn them loose it's a sure bet they will look up Osama and get a job with his organization. Nothing worse than an extremist with an attitude. As far as I'm concerned this is just another botched job by the Bush administration. Maybe he should put them up at his house in Crawford.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  169. Neatha from Kansas City

    Charge them with crimes and return them to their home countries, period. Holding people without any chance of freedom or a fair trail is just beyond belief.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  170. Maurice

    I don’t understand how we can be so justifiably indignant over a ten-minute water boarding session and blasé over the systematic depravation of other human rights perpetuated upon the prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay. Many of those held, for years, have yet to be charged with a crime – let alone tried and/or convicted. Their legal counsel has been denied access to the evidence against them for “security reasons”. The whole reason for them being there is so that the rights they would otherwise be afforded by our judicial system, if imprisoned on U.S. soil, can be denied.

    Sadly, the upper echelons of the Justice department, the Pentagon, and National Security advisors of the Bush administration have abused the trust and confidence of their positions. The “we-know-best” attitudes of those in command are no longer sufficient.

    There is a price to our system of justice. And when an innocent person is incarcerated, or a guilty person released, the price is often high. That is the price we must be willing to pay if wish to proclaim our ever-continuing pursuit of the American ideal.

    I see no choice but to put them on trial or release them.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  171. Jane (Minnesota)

    If they haven't commited a crime they can be tried for then they should be released and returned to their home country & that country can deal with them – if they will take them back after all this time - Thanks for creating such a mess Pres Bush!

    January 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  172. Ed Woodbridge,Va.

    Maybe all the Democratic liberals calling for the closing of GITMO can use their gold American Express Cards to put these detainee's up at the Hilton! What's wrong with the place there at now?


    January 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  173. kathleen , san juan

    I married a Cuban, and my Cuban friends and relatives used to be impressed when I told them about the American system of justice. You know, how we couldnt hold people in jail for more than a day or two unless we had enough evidence to charge them with a crime.

    The USA is borrowing money from Communist China to shock and awe Capitalism down the throats of our enemies. And if our enemies dont like it, we put them in prison in another Communist country,

    We may as well scrap our constitution and start over if we cant give these people a trial under our legal system. And we should give the Cubans a reason to sing Guantanamera again.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  174. honest john in vermont

    We should give them all a free pass to DisneyWorld. Nah, that won't work. Probably we should send them to their home countries so they can live to fight another day and probably kill some Americans. Hhmm. Better to send them to Antartica and let 'em chill out.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  175. Jim Handy

    Send them to the supposedly new prison being built in Afghsnistan. I just hope the American taxpayer isn't getting stuck for the bill in building this prison in a foriegn country.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  176. Sherrol in Canada

    Is there an unpopulated island that could be used as a penal colony as was Australia centuries ago?

    They could be dropped off there and left to fend for themselves, you can just imagine how soon their population would decrease.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  177. j

    send them to the hollywood community. diane fiensteins house. maybe they all will put on a benefit and get them some housing.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  178. Christopher

    Frankly I think we should treat them as they treat our POWs. Honestly do you think that our fellow Americans were and are treated as kindly as these inmates are? I served in Iraq and I saw first hand how our citizens were treated. Let me tell you those people would have given all they owned to be Guantanamo Bay!!!!!!! We are a crazed society with distorted views and corrupt people. And it seems that we love to look at other peoples faults instead of our own. So go home people fix yourselfs and help your neighbors then you can look at other peoples dirt.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  179. James in TN

    Oh, it would be unjustly if we hung them, even though killed 4,000 American...yea right!!!

    Stick'em in with the other millions behind bars that your tax dollars pay for everyday, that would be gravy to these idiots.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  180. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    Those not released to their home countries should be incarcarated in two special prison facilities constructed in TX and WY on the ranches of Bush & Cheney. Fitting justice considering almost anyone imprisoned and tortured for years by the US Government will become a sworn enemy if they never were to begin with. Let Bush & Cheney bear the responsibility for caring for them and make Rumsfeld a jailer.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  181. Linda in Arizona

    Let them go home. Most of them aren't guilty of anything anyway.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  182. Ronald Holst

    Jack All I can Say It treat them like human Beings even Ted Bundy was treated with respect That Is one thing that separates Us From Them .( The Terrorists )
    When We go down to there level we have lost not only the fight but our
    standing in the world that some say who cares well I do for one I would much rather have many nation at our side instead of the few that we have to Bribe to be next to Us . right After 9/11 We had that but once we started down the road of enhanced interrogations to put It as polite or use the white house term . We lost all credibility I mean how many Americans Wold support a country that beheads there prisoners in the name of there national security. .

    January 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  183. Sylvia from Brooklyn

    They claim they are being tortured just by being kept in the hot climate of Guantanamo Just send them up to Alaska Sarah Palin will know how to handle them and keep them cool .

    January 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  184. barbara in Tacoma

    They should send them to U.S. jails and send Bush,Chenny.and there whole lot of them in Bush's cabinet, past and present and see how nice it is then and throw in a litte water-boarding for recreation time.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  185. Alan


    Let them go swimming in the Straits of Florida. I understand there are very nice fish in the Straits that just love swimmers – Sharks.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  186. Andrew, Chappaqua New York

    We are the land of the free and the home of the brave, we have laws and we have rights. Guantanamo Bay is a way around our laws, which makes an exception to them, which we cannot allow. i think these members should be tried in the USA, and if necessary, jailed in our country.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  187. Ira from Roslyn

    Put them to work under heavy guard at the rebuilding of the twin tower museum.Then when its finished put them in the museum

    January 14, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  188. johnchristopher

    The Hague. Special International Judges (9). Put each person on trial and examine the evidence. Deliver judgements according to international law. Set the innocent free and sentence the guilty accordingly. And never allow another GITMO.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  189. Rita

    He is the last person who should be giving advice to PE Obama on Guantanamo Bay Prison.
    Why don't we send all those prisoners (most of whom have been held without due process) back to Wyoming with Mr Chaney? Or perhaps e will be living in Texas where Haliburton can take care of him in return for the billions of dollars in no bid contracts he gave them.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  190. Colleen @ Saginaw, Michigan

    EVERY GITMO inmate goes on trial as terrorist . If an inmate is American, they also are tried for treason. Make it a military tribunal similar to the Nuremburg trials. Trials go to court in the order of arrest, and start in March. No dragged out legal wrangling and no media hoopla; Conviction equals death and not-guilty means just go away.....

    January 14, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  191. Carole S.C.

    I think they should have trials of some type before anything else happens. Australia has volunteered to take some so that it one place
    some could go.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  192. Michael H. Oil City, PA

    All Gutmo does is recruit more jihads. They should be tries in a military court, and sentenced in the USA. Remember the blind shiek, where is he, not Sandi Arabia. Shut down Gitmo and send them to various military prisons

    January 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  193. Bob Mitchell

    We must follow the Uniform Code of Military Justace and the Geneva Convention

    January 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  194. STAN - PEKIN

    Either give them a trial or send them back home. Bush has been so corrupt. I actually think we should lock him up with the worst of the worst. What happened to the Arab's that Bush let fly out on 911? They were GW's daddy's friends, he did not lock them up.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  195. Dee in Florida

    There are two choices.

    Bring them to the U.S., place them in Federal prisons here, and immediately offer them the legal protection that any prisoner should have. Maybe some of them could even be set free, if it turns out that they are NOT terrorists, but just some unlucky people who were swept up in a panic over terrorist activity.

    OR, we can ship them to some of the purported sites where it is said we keep prisoners and torture them without any fear that someone will find out and make the information public.

    I believe the best option is to bring them here and give them due process! Isn't that what we would want for OUR guys if they were imprisoned in some foreign land?

    January 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  196. Jackie in Dallas

    They should be given due process, Jack. Most of them have never had even a cursory review of their cases, much less legal representation. They are technically illegal prisoners in some cases, even though the Bush Administration has tried to label them as prisoners of war. If they fall under the category of POW, the Geneva Conventions should apply - meaning no torture, and humane treatment. If they aren't POWs, then they need to be tried in the appropriate court system, whether American civil or criminal, or foreign courts. And if they are released, and commit an act of terrorism against the US, then they can be tried in our legal system. In other words, we should treat them like we would want Americans treated in foreign countries.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  197. Ronald Holst

    Jack First They should be treated as human beings , If they are guilty then incarcerate them I I do not think any individual terrorist is any more dangerous than Ted Bundy was ,But Did we torture Him or leave him sitting for years with out a trial.
    To Our Vice President If it is that nice Of a place we should send you there But only after A trial and being treated Humanely .

    January 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  198. Peggy Howard

    If they let those blood thirsty criminals out, they are undoing everything Bush did to protect us from the very people that knocked are towers down. I just hope someone helps Obama to make the correct decision in not letting those evil vile criminals who killed 3,000 Americans go free.
    Please help us!

    January 14, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  199. Brady

    Give them a trial, then lock them up in United States prisons. 61 detainees who were released have resumed terrorist activities? That is unacceptable. UNACCEPTABLE.

    Brady from Columbus, Ohio

    January 14, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  200. Cortez from Rochester


    Send them to areas in the US that is impoverished and have them do relief work. For example, the lower 9th ward in NO. I guess George Bush should be the first prisoner in line to start the clean up! He will then regret his arrogant response about his reaction time to Hurricane Katrina

    January 14, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  201. Joel New Brighton MN

    We put people in jail for years because we think they have done something to harm us. Or we think they know something about the people who have harmed us. Do you remember how we felt about the Iranian hostages crisis? Are the detainees families going to see a difference between these terms detainee and hostage? Let them go and hope the pentagon is wrong again.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  202. Anna

    We should charge them with the crime and set trail date then if they are found guilty put them in jail.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  203. Alan, Buxton Maine

    If it can be proven at trial that they are in fact terrorists, keep them in prison. If not, return them to their own countries. I am sure there is a facility that is not currently in use that could be utalized as a holding facility for the really dangerous ones.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  204. Don in Fort Gratiot MI

    They deserve a fair trial, and if convicted placed in a federal penitentiary. If innocent – send them back from where they came from. Why have we waited this long to come to this conclusion?

    January 14, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  205. Hope M. Madisonville, KY

    Each inmate's case should be reviewed. If there's enough to
    charge them with a crime, then do so. If not, release them to their
    country of origin and put them on the watch list if there's anything
    suspicious but not provable in a court of law. There were too many
    who have been languishing with no charges and/or no evidence to
    charge them. This is just causing more anger and resentment which
    breeds more terrorists.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  206. Doug Williams

    Simple. Four words: FEMA Trailers Crawford Texas.

    January 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  207. Tom, Bradenton, FL

    Very simple. Things that made this nation great. Bring them before a court of law and give them a fair trial, if we can not try them let them go. By holding them in a prison without a fair trail or access to an attorney, what makes us different from Hussein, Stalin, Iran, North Korea or Nazi Germany?

    January 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  208. Bonita Smith

    woman from an organization who said that the terriorist who was captured after Destroying the world trade centre, Killed MAny Innocent people destroyed an aircraft, hijacked. She says he was tortured. He was subjected to extreme temps. and sleep deprived. I wonder how the people felt on the aircraft? I wonder how the people felt who were bombed? I wonder how the people felt who burned to death? I believe that is extremem temps. I wonder how the people felt who were injured and under Rubble for 12 hrs. or more? They did not have food or water or heat or any luxuries while their bodies suffered agony!!!
    I wonder how the children and sisters and brothers and aunts and uncles felt?? I'll bet they suffered from sleep deprivation!!!
    I'd like to ask that person that question?
    The problem with democracy is the criminals like Madoff and the terrorists get treated better then they deserve. Madoff is a "PIG"!! Terrorists are trained to die while causing death to innocents, so I think a little inconvience is extremely appropriate and not more then he could handle!!!!

    January 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  209. Christine, Thousand Oaks California

    Send them up to Alaska with Sarah Palin- she could entertain them.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  210. Anj in CA

    Send them to Dallas and Montana–so they can be Bush's and Cheney's new neighbors.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  211. vern-t anaheim,ca

    these criminals should be kept in another federal prison for as long as the law allows.all torture should be stopped which makes our country look bad in the majority of the world because we signed and agreed to the geneva convintion

    January 14, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  212. Frank in San Jose, CA

    Charge them with a crime or deport them. Gitmo represents a complete disregard for the laws and Constitution of this great country. If former detainees end up back in the battlefield, so what? The might of the US military machine is waiting for them.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  213. Maynard Thomas, Catlettsburg, KY

    Is Gitmo in Cuba? What is up with that? If there is a concern about housing dangerous terrorists until trial why not put them in one of the vacated military post stockades until their trial? There posts have been shut down and it couldn't take much to get them in order. By the way, why not take the judges to the terrorists rather then take them to the court. Hold the trial at the designated stockade? Security should be a snap.

    If charges for these folks can't be filed due to lack of evidence, I don't see how, as an American, we can hold them.

    By the way, the Bush Administration didn't get the support from other countries to invade Iraq; Why should they expose themselves to terrorists that may have become militant only because they have been held so long without being charged? Smells like kidnapping, dosen't it?

    January 14, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  214. Donald in CA

    Make them work on George Bush's ranch after he leave office.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  215. JR in Norfolk VA

    President-elect Obama is finding out just how thorny this situation is. Most of the detainees are from foreign nations who frankly don't want them back, since they are not exactly boy scouts. We could transfer them to US prisons, but they would then fall under US law and be given the same rights to trial as anyone else on US territory. Some of these enemy combatants might be found "not guilty" under US law; if so, they would have to be set free in the US, even though they have no visa or residence here. See, Jack, Gitmo was set up precisely to avoid the problems that Obama will have to face now. President Bush was simply doing the right thing for our troops and our nation's security and has paid the price in public opinion. The man is a patriot who put his country first.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  216. Mike S., New Orleans

    I think the Gitmo detainees should all be given FEMA trailers provided they live within a half mile from George and Laura's new home.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  217. Dave in Saint Louis,MO

    Execution! There is a reason other countries don't want these guys back!

    January 14, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  218. Jim/NC

    So, there are 250 of them. Let's disperse them among congressional districts in each state! After this announcement, we will see how badly our politicians want to close Gitmo. Maybe the congress will right new law that addresses the terrorists (enemy combatants) and how we treat them...The Geneva Convention did not.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  219. Claude,Calgary Canada

    Jack, put a chip locater in the guilty prisoners of war and release back to there country of orgins government to deal with. For those individuals held illegally ,give them a chance to do the Wolf dance "Ellen style" and release back to there country of orgin so they can resume their freedom.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  220. Danny

    If they close it, all the prisoners are just going to go to another high security prison not in the country. There is no point in doing it, I am a total Obama supporter, but this move of his will make me lose some respect for him. One of the very few right things the Bush admin did was put them in there.

    Setauket, NY

    January 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  221. Patrick in Hampstead, Maryland

    Jack – we should reopen Alcatraz and tell the inmates that its ok to go swimming.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  222. Don

    Jack, The first thing would be to seal all records there so they don't get destroyed. Then bring in a plane load of Red Cross and lawyers to determine their condition. Obviously after this much time, they have no intel to give us. We are going to be paying some big dollars to people who were never a threat but who may be now.
    Moline Ill

    January 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  223. Evelyn (Canada)

    I agree with Hope M. If there is strong evidence that they are a serious threat to national security and there is strong evidence, then send them to trial. If not, send them back to their home countries. But you have to keep in mind that 19 year old American soldiers, scared out of their wits, most likely rounded up anyone who looked suspicious or threatening to them. Also, soldiers did not speak the language of those they took (kidnapped). I would suspect that many of them were fighting the Americans and other troops simply because they had invaded their country (what would we do?) Many of them were probably just everyday civilians rounded up without cause or any real evidence as to their threat to the USA. Many might be considered "child" soldiers. Also, after going on line and reading about the International Defence Fund for Children (Palestine Division) you can't believe the atrocities that are being committed against thousands of jailed (without cause) Palestinians – many quite young and women being raped. You should check it out.... this torture seems to be spreading all around the world and it is inexcusable. Where will it end? Someone needs to stand up to the plate and say "this is enough......"

    January 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  224. Stan Schurman

    It's simple Jack. The ones that clearly have had no connection to terrorism should be sent home ASAP. For the ones for whom there is some evidence of terrorist activities, the government should make it's case in a court of law. This is how it should have worked all along, but then Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld couldn't have played the tough guys. Perhaps a few cells should be left open for them.

    Stan Schurman
    Barrie, Ontario

    January 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  225. Ken in NC

    Jack the Government should put this word on the streets of the home countries these men were taken from. "The prisoners have snitched out all the information that was needed by the US Government and they were of no further use to the US so they were being released and deported back to their home countries."

    If this is done right, the people in their home countries will take care of them for us.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  226. lynnej from lattimore, nc

    If these people aren't a threat, clean them up and send them to where ever they want to go.

    If they have done something, try them via Geneva convention laws and leave it alone. Stop making up laws to suit just them. Close that hole for good. And it shouldn't take a year.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  227. Monica Birakos

    No, Bush was in with the Saudis for the past 8 years and nobody made a big fuss. The Clinton Foundation does good and this issue seems rather irrelevant. I think Hillary is just being singled out because she is a Clinton...we need Hillary to help restore credibility and faith in the United States once again.

    Monica from Whittier, CA

    January 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  228. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    If the person is suspecteted of killng someone, or of participating, or planning to do so, then take the person to court and convict them or set them free.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  229. Ralph Nelson

    With 11% of those released returning to terrorism, this is indeed a problem. I think the joint ought to be closed. I see no benefits from torture. I do not want these people judged outside of military law. Definitely a problem. That's why I voed for BO. It's his problem now. It really stinks. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  230. odessa

    transfer them to the united states prison and let them await for their trial..or send them to sarah palin's home.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  231. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Lots of good answers. I'd like to see Obama invite them to the Whitehouse and talk to them, like King Solomon and apologize to them and then ask them what they and their families would like to do and where they would like to go. Let them contact their families if they haven't already and then give them enough money to make up for the years lost and to make a new life for them and their families. I call that justice.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  232. john j. grimes Watertown, Ma.

    To be honest, I don't give a damn what they do with them. Perhaps Fidel would keep them but if not then put them in a boat and let it drift.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  233. cassan

    no, do not close it. from what i gather in the news , the rest of the prisoners were let go and then recaptured because they were going about doing whatever they did the first time all over again. i heard on cnn today from an ex cia agent the we could legally execuye them all. maybe that's our simple answer.

    cassan in texas

    January 14, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  234. Jake, Oregon

    What's wrong with formal charges and trials?
    I suppose Bush and Cheney will get off scot-free for their Constitutional crimes too and their killing of 4200 Americans with no acceptably good reason.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  235. TB Pittaburgh Pa

    Send them to that crazy sheriff in Arizona, if they survive a year in that hell hole, then assign one of them as pilot put them on an old 707 and direct them back to Iran for safe keeping. See ya

    January 14, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  236. Barb from Hazel Crest, IL

    Send them to hell, if they are terrorist. I don’t like torture either, but for terrorist it is ok. Soldiers should never be tortured and terrorist are not soliders.
    However, I think all the inmates in Guantanamo should have had a trial. They should have been convicted and punished accordingly. Guantanamo Bay has such a bad image that nothing good can come out of it now. Close it.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  237. JayW in Austin

    I don't recall seeing in the US Constitution that we treat people from other countries any different than US citizens (not that I'm an expert). Try them by US law and either free them or let them go.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  238. Independent for Obama

    If they are truely guilty of crimes, convict them, and throw them in prison. But do not ever return these individuals to their country--because if they did'nt already hate us enough to kill us before, they certainly do now.
    Janie, Holyoke MA

    January 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  239. Bob

    They should be tried in either a military or civilian court for the crime or crimes they were charged with having commited that caused their incarceration.

    The test for the admission of evidence should merely be whether or not reasonable people would consider the evidence relevant and reliable.

    Louisville, Ky

    January 14, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  240. Winnie Cooper

    How do we even know if they are guilty? Have they had benefit of due process? Put them through the finest courts in the world and let the guilty be punished and the innocent go free. Sioux Falls, SD where common sense still reigns.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  241. Gary

    Though I think see will make a good Secretary of State I think her husband should barred from any dealings with any government anywhere. Please explain how a former president or president elect for that manner becomes a millionare working in public office most of their lives. Oh yeah, the stock market, I forgot!!!!

    January 14, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  242. Gary

    Let them carry Fidel's bed pans.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  243. Ted Gregg

    The inmates in Guantanamo should be taken to a prison in another country, out of the reach of the American Court system. Our court system and our starving attorney's would tie them up in legal snarls until they all die of old age.
    They are guilty war criminals and known terrorists. They have no rights in this country and only monumental naivety could put them in our court system.
    Kick them out of the plane over the atlantic !!

    January 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  244. Carolyn in Houston

    Shut down the disgraceful gulag and torture chamber. Send the prisoners to federal maximum security prisons. They can hire lawyers and stand trial. If convicted they will be punished. If not they can be deported back to where they came from.

    We are a nation of laws. 9/11 is no excuse for us to stoop to the same evil practices as Saddam Hussein and other dictators in history.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  245. lou

    If they don't have enough to try them in US courts, than they don't have enough to hold them in secret jails. That is part of our constitution. If we aren't going to live by it then we don't have a country worth protecting from these idiots anyway.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  246. ken

    Put them into DC area prisons and let current inmates know who they are.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  247. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    We are wrong to incarcerate any person for what they think or feel or say. If they have caused harm to others or to the property of others, then they should be dealt with as appropriate.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  248. Nate in Idaho

    Seriously! This is horrible, we have a place for these criminals. No Americans want these people in their backyard. Let's spend more money to build another place to keep them in which nothing changes except bringing them on US soil. I guess if we have no other choice keep them in D.C. where the new president can have them closer to him and he can let them be next door to his family.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  249. Richard Green

    If there is sufficient evidence, they should be brought to trial in the US as we have done in the past [terrorists under Clinton were successfully tried , convicted, and jailed ]. Not enough evidence, or evidence tainted by torture or confessions obtained under torture? let 'em go. Send the bill to Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Gonzales.

    Turn Gitmo into a resort hotel and share the profits with the Cuban people.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  250. Tim

    The problem is that we have not yet tried the inmates at Gitmo - we don't know yet whether they are actually "guilty" of anything. So first they have to be tried. Second, we may have to include some additional "charge" not included in the past - such as - a clear-cut demonstration of the intent to harm American civilians along with some form of action that shows that the intent was more than just a fleeting thought.
    Tim in Texas

    January 14, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  251. Griff

    Send them back to Iraq with a promise they will do the same..\
    Ten Years minimum..

    January 14, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  252. Ralph Peoria, Il

    Shoot them. We should never have taken them alive. Dumb Move.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  253. Robert Ammon, Palm Coast, Fl.

    Hi Jack,
    Send them to a ranch in Crawford Texas. They can help W. clear some bushes.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  254. Ken in NC

    Put them on a plane with 30 gallons of fuel to fly back to Iraq.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  255. Karyn in Fl.

    They deserve nothing less than a FULL pardon with full restitution and additional compensation for damages.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  256. stormerf

    Too many bed wetting liberal Democrats,can not understand these combatants are not POW's if they were we could execute them as spies,caught out of uniforms.If you turn them lose they will be back as 61 have already proven that.Send them to prison in Turkey,or Mexico,there they could really get justice.How about turning them lose in Cuba,as Castro sent his worst criminals toward America in boats.Burn their Qu-ran's and prayer rugs,feed them prok and beans, but for God's sake keep them out of America.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  257. marti thompson

    They should move in with you Jack since you are 'bamas Bud....

    January 14, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  258. ken-tx

    Dallas, SMU and Wyoming love their most well known war
    criminals. Send them to Dallas and Wyoming. Put John Cornyn
    the Bush crime lover in charge of all these and send him to Dallas
    and/or Wyoming with them. Give Jack/CNN exclusive to keep a close eye on all these bad guys.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  259. Robert in Galveston

    Trial by jury, if found guilty put them in a cell and play recordings of sara palin bemoaning her treatment by the liberal media. Oops, that would be cruel and unusual punishment.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  260. Erik from Golden, Colorado

    The Gitmo inmates need to be brought to American prisons and tried fairly. If it is proven that these prisoners have committed no crime at all, I say we give them a choice: be flown to the country of their origin and released to resume their lives OR be released on GWB's Crawford Ranch. That way, there is no loss of innocent lives.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  261. John in Ottawa, Ks

    Send them all to Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. It's not far from Russia, so we know Sarah Palin could keep an eye on them from her front yard.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  262. Jane - WI

    They should be moved into Barack Obama's neighborhood in Chicago or into the offices of the ACLU.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  263. Curtis

    Jack didn't you hear? If they win their release, they're going to Disneyland!

    January 14, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  264. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    They should have trials just like any other suspected criminals. If they are found guilty, they should be thrown in jail along with equally dangerous criminals . If they are found not guilty, they should be sent back to where they came from. Even THEY are innocent until proven guilty. We have a reputation as a country to live up to once again.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  265. Jack - Lancaster, OH


    If the encaracerations and torture were illegal, any releases based upon appliction of the law fall on the Bush administration and legacy.


    January 14, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  266. Peter

    The ones found guilty should be sent to that ranch in Crawford Texas.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  267. A.C.

    They should be sent to an island surrounded by Great Whites where if anybody tries to escape they will be eaten by sharks. We don't need those inmates anywhere near our country.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  268. Mike Page in South San Francisco, CA

    Put them on "A Slow Boat to China"

    January 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  269. Jeff Crocket

    Well, aren't you happy now Jack!! We should release KSM to your custody to live with you, and behead you at the first chance he gets:-)

    January 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  270. Louis

    Execute them. All of them.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  271. Chip Lyon

    Forr the whiners who worry to much about the health and welfare of people who want to kill them. (perhaps when we close Gitmo we can send the detainees to live with such caring people.......



    January 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  272. george german

    close gitmo.................. and reopen alcatraz.
    these people are killers.
    they were before we captured them they will be again if we release them.
    provide them with due process..............and lock them back up.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  273. Vince Carson City, Nevada

    They should be replaced by Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Condi, Woo, Addington, Scooter, and all of the other real criminals that are a part of this disgusting administration.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  274. Vickie V. Emporia, Kansas

    What should we do with the Gitmo Bay inmates? Let them go...from about 2,000 feet up.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  275. Steve C

    Send them to San Francisco

    January 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  276. Rob, Norfolk, VA

    The location of the base is not the problem, the concept of GTMO is the problem.

    Keep them there, charge them, try them and if possible, free them if they go without charge.

    WHat needs to happen is that the secrecy of GTMO needs to be revealed. If they are thinking about closing the place, most of the detainees left offer no value.

    Give them rights in accordance with the Hague Prison in the Netherlands, of which I hear nothing about.

    Our problem is not GTMO, but the concept of GTMO.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  277. Anthony

    Implant a tracking device and follow them right back to Bin Ladin

    January 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  278. Rick

    Obama says they he looking for a responsible party to take control of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay... Well I know who should do it, send them to;

    ACLU, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor New York, NY 10004

    The ACLU wants them out of the prison, then they can take responsibility for them and what happens if they are set free.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  279. George

    send'em to one of our fine American prisons. if it's good enough for our people, then it's good enough for them

    January 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  280. Susan from Idaho

    how about puttin Bush, Cheney and Rumsfelt along with the gitmo prisoners on a desserted Island and letting them work it out

    January 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  281. John Dapper

    They should be shot.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  282. Linda

    It is quite simple. They should go to a real jail and be tried as criminals – Innocent until proven guilty. What gave us a great reputation around the world is that until Vietnam we treated people better than their own government. Imagine the hot wind we could have sucked out of Al-Queda's sails had we treated them with respect as human beings a disproved the "Great Satan" myth.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  283. Bonnie

    All persons released from that prison should be returned to their home country without any possibility of returning to the US

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  284. Norman Hoffman

    They could send them down to Bush's Crawford ranch, since Dubbya will be stylin in his new digs in Dallas.

    Marietta, Ga

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  285. Larry English Manlius, NY

    We should send them to Washington DC and put them up in the Mayflower Hotel. Members of congress can visit them and see what nice people they are. Then after hugs and kisses we can send them all back home to spread the warmth.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  286. Sam J. kourouzakis

    Why not fix it instead of closing it? There i a reason why those people were shipped to GITMO. Where will all those "innocent until proven guilty" folks go if they close the prison down? I knonw where they're not going and that's anywhere near Washington DC.

    Get real Obama!

    Sam J. Koutouzakis
    U.S. Army (Retired)

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |

    Let's try a prisoner swap. How about all of the innocent detainees for one soon-to-be ex president. Don't close Guantanamo just yet!

    Corona del Mar, CA

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  288. Gloria - Seattle

    They should be tried in a court of law, and if found guilty locked up in a Federal Prison. If found innocent of either conspiracy to engage in terrorism, or terrorism against our country then they should be shipped back home. We have to not only speak out on our principles, but live by them by being a good example. We have a horrible reputation and it's based on the "do as I say not as I do" principles of the last 8 years. In order for our American criminals in other countries to be treated fairly under their law, we should also do the same.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  289. CNNer

    All inmates of the Guantanamo Bay prison get transferred to a minimum security prison in mainland US.

    Unfortunately, en route to their destination, the plane develops trouble and crashes in the ocean. Miraculously, the pilots, crew and the guards all survive. All inmates perish. Bummer.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  290. Mike Texas

    Well Jack, Send half of them to Bush's house and the other half to Cheney's. problem solved.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  291. Bob Goldstein

    The 'detainees'? ... fly 'em all back to Afganistan.
    Drop them off at 30,000ft ...

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  292. Bill

    How about sending them to Crawford, Texas?

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  293. Brigitte von

    They should be returned to their country of citizenship. If they do not want them back drop them off via a parashute.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  294. firstlady50

    Put them in maximum security Federal Prison just like we do with other notorious criminals in the US.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  295. Fouad Attia

    The inmates who according to the rule of law constitute to be criminal (by evidence) must be moved to USA-prisons and fully subjected to the law of the land 100% – no buts no ifs. The others must be compensated appropriately, either monetarily, for their suffering and time loss of their lives/careers. That's the American way, and that's how repentance is accomplished.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |

    That's an easy one, Jack. The city council and mayor of the city of San Francisco want to let everyone in, so let them "embrace" the freed detainees, put them on the dole, make sure they get free medical care–heck, bring the whole family, and get the kids a good education, and we'll watch what happens next.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  297. Ed

    There is only one suitable location for the Guantánamo Bay detainees, Texas. Wouldn't it be a fitting end to the Bush era.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  298. Billie Jones

    We should send all the prisoners to the ranch in
    Crawford. Let Bush deal with the problem he created for a change.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  299. Conor in Chicago

    The best bet, although it will be obvious and conspiratorial, is put them all on a plane to the US to be housed in a US Federal Prison and have the plane "crash" in route over the Gulf of Mexico. We'd need two pilots without families willing to be "deceased" for the good of the country but a cool million in their bank accounts should take care of that if they have no immediate families.

    I hate the Bush Regime, believe me I do. But the fact remains that most of these detainees took up arms against the United States. They were not uniformed military personnel, they are not US Citizens, and if released they will aim and act to the detriment of the United States. It's not fair and it sucks but it's what it is.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  300. Wayne , Milwaukee WI

    Well Jack, since most of them will likely still have their desire to attack freedom and attack the United States, I would say that we should build a secure facility in the United States to house them. How about building it in Crawford, Texas? They could work for their housing and food by clearing brush from the famous ranch down there. And if they are good, perhaps they can get a ride in the pickup truck?

    January 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  301. bood

    Lets see, let them go onto the BART system in Oakland and let the their law enforcemnt "deal with" them!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  302. Mr Dean n Seattle

    that's an easy answer Jack.
    Of course send them all to Texas where the criminal in chief of – criminals is headed

    January 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  303. Nick D. Neighbour

    Hey I know!
    Why not add them to the list of the OTHER ILLEGALS that Obama is planning to give amnesty to?!
    Nick D. Neighbour.
    Pasadena. CA.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  304. Darren

    We already have "Supermax" prisons designed for the worst of the worst. Our laws and justice shouldn't apply one way for onw set of prisoners and another way another. What ever happened to justice being blind?

    January 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  305. Jacob Scott

    I compare the situation to a bunch of students at a failing school( bad prison), if the school is shut down because its ineffective or not doing any good, the students should be dispersed to better schools. ( Prisons that offer the proper due process. ) I wish my country still believed in the idea of innocent until guilty.


    Savannah, Mo

    January 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  306. Jo Fairchild from Ft Collins Colorado

    I think that we should put little locator chips on them and let them go. Maybe we would actually find BinLadin...

    January 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  307. Karen C.

    They should be approached with the option (like any prisoner) to contribute back to society by volunteering for risky pharmaceutical trials (so we don't have use innocent animals) & space exploration testing.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  308. Rick Geissal

    Recognize the Cuban government, cancel the lease & return Guantanamo to Cuba – including the detainees.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  309. Bill, Albuquerque, NM

    Send half of them to work on Bush's ranch in Crawford, TX, and the other half to work as houseboys in his new Dallas mansion – unless, of course, that would be deemed to be(additional) torture.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  310. nelson

    Jack, Send"em to Crawford,
    , Texas .... to visit G.W. Bush

    January 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  311. GB

    Where is Bin Laden ? Put several microchip tracking devices in them give them a pistol with one bullet and let them go in Afghanastan in one spot preferably close to a hot zone ,dont tell them we can track them 24 / 7 day or night tell them that it was Bin ladens fault they were captured and that were done with them . Send in smart bomb .

    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  312. Mike

    I think the detainees should be released and tortured to death on live tv. Put it on pay per view.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  313. Susan from Long Island

    We should put all the inmates in Guantanamo is a residence next to Bush's new home.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  314. tom quitter

    take the 250 – divide by 50 (# of states) –and send 5 detainees to each state prison.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  315. bood

    ooo lets make a reality Tv show with them all on a deserted island!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  316. Henry - Los Angeles, CA

    They should be sent to Wasilla, Alaska, so that Palin can finally have some foreign policy experience by dealing with these foreign detainees.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  317. Arnie Schmalzbauer


    Put them in brigs on U.S. Navy ships.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  318. Harlan

    If we can get the Guantamo Inmates to promise to eliminate the Drug Cartels in Mexico then we should turn them over to the Mexican Government. We win all around.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  319. Nikki- Va.

    Jack well if 61 inmates did care about their service of time. Why should the other 261, and even worse they have been Gitmo even if they did nothing. Please remember the message behind the movie "To Catch a Fire" those inmates cannot be set free until fully dismissed from whatever charge. Re-open Alcatraz! Till they all go to court or psychological analyizing.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  320. Cymro Dig

    Send them to France.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  321. dave

    Jack, A logical thing to do would be to put them on the chain gang and build that fence between us and Mexico but our government doesn't think logical and will probably just drop them off in the middle of Iraq

    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  322. pete

    just give them a new car!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  323. Jim Chirmi

    Well, if their countries of origin don't want them, surely there are enough human rights activists who believe they are harmless enough to be put up as guests in their homes.

    If that does not work, how about some spare rooms in the White House? That way, they could become useful by taking part in the security briefings to explain what, if any danger the Jihaddi's present to the western societies

    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  324. Ian Watkin

    Gitmo demeans America in the world's eyes and devalues the currency of freedom. Restoring America's moral authority demands its immediate closure and the return of detainees to their countries of origin for any further action on their alleged cases. We are looking for a new dawn with Obama, Jack, and this is the first thing he needs to do.
    I write from Sydney Australia – Happy New Year to all at CNN.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  325. Max in Florida

    I am only 11 years old and my opinion is to put them in a new, secure, prison. Just as long as it doesn't effect my parent's taxes!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  326. mary uhl

    That's easy. They are relocated to Hyde Park and to every district of the senators and congressmen who vote to close it

    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  327. dennis schmith

    jack', they could send half to texas and the other half to wyoming

    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  328. Bonnie ./ Atlanta

    I think they should close it down, Clean it up , reopen it and make a Tourist visit. The money can be use for so many wonderful things for this country. They did this at most constrection camps in Europe.
    What else our they going to with it. Might as well utilize it for a positive and profit for the USA

    The in mates must finish their term an be trailed. Perhaps sent to their own country for prosecution.


    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  329. Bruce

    Give them a speedy trial. Most are petty criminals and will be released. The bad ones can be tossed in jail until the end of the war. What is so complicated? Is Bush worried that they will move to Paraguay where his family bought massive amounts of land the other year? I am sure the detainees will be nice and not take Bush to court with torture charges...

    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  330. RD

    Dont close it where are we going to put the Bush administration ?

    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  331. Jessica N Pullman, Washington

    Let them have their day in court. We can't claim to be a nation that believes in justice while we are jailing people without proving their guilt.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  332. Rory Murray

    The answer is simple. Fence off the Bush compound, and send all the detainees to Crawford, TX.
    Less than a week to go before President Zippy is gone. Good Riddance!
    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino, CA

    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  333. Raj Kapoor

    If there is valid proof of Terrorist activities like 9/11 planning then these prisoners should be brought to USA and case be sent to courts and the courts decision should be honored.
    Now if Republicans or George W. Bush misses them, may be CRAWFORD RANCH can be converted to place like Gutonamo Bay prison, there is enough place in acreage and neighbors or Shaheen will not mind as it will create at minimum one position for each prisoner for being three shift operation and president is going to live in Dallas anyways.
    Good Luck, no matter what you do will be tough and controversial.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  334. Fahad Garba

    Arrangements and agreements should be reached with there countries, so they can be sent back home and should face there various charges at home

    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  335. Tom from Philly

    Bush only has a few days to tourchure them to death and pardon the perpetrators. Other than that its just another element of the Bush/Republican mess that obama will have to deal with. I still dont get why they are being held without trial or tribunal even. What would we do if our citizens were being held without being charged? I guess that answer depends if the country produced oil or not. In the minds of the muslim world I am sure they consider these men to be hostages, or POW's. Doesnt holding them unite an element of the world against us? If they had been tried and convicted, they wouldnt be political prisoners. WAIT!!! try and convict them!!!!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  336. Logan - Huntington, W.V.

    They should be sent back to their homes! If they want to put terrorists in prison they should do it legally. Instead of just assuming these people are terrorists there needs to be investigations. The law needs to be followed by EVERYONE.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  337. Luke

    They should be charged with crimes and tried, and if that is not feasible then send them home to be tortured in their own countries. Just square with them, if you're not going to help us gain useful information then you can go back to where you came from. If we have a case against them, then try them for their crimes. If not, send them packing. It's not our responsibility once they leave our custody and jurisdiction.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  338. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    They should be granted access to some degree of legal representation so the judicial ball can get rolling and the U.S. can go back to its Constitutional system. What will happen is that they will be sent somewhere where the government will be more than happy to torture them and not give them a trial but – technically – America will be in the clear.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  339. Lisa

    Do we not have fully staffed brigs at each US base? Why not use what we have and keep them in military prisons until they have a military trial?

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  340. Lorna

    The perfect place would be the Praire Chapel Ranch in beautiful Crawford Texas....there's a certain tough guy there that i'm sure could handle them....Maybe they all could learn to mountain bike!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  341. Robert L.

    The detainees should be placed in the USA in a very high-tech prison guarded by the best guards there are. Why we have a prison in Cuba, a Communist nation that would love to see us destroyed, is beyond me. If there is nowhere in the US willing to handle these detainees, they should be jailed within a nation that is safe, and a close ally to us. Some European friends have expressed interest.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  342. Kevin D - Princeton Junction, NJ

    Honestly, here's the way to close down Gitmo – We should try all prisoners under military tribunals where their statements under our interrogation techniques are admissible. Those who are found guilty should be sentenced appropriately. Many of them, especially Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, can and should get the death penalty. Other who are found not guilty should be released.

    I've been waiting a very, very long time to see Khalid Sheikh Mohammed get the justice he deserves. I hope President-elect Obama expedites to process and makes Mohammed's execution publicly televised.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  343. Mike

    I think they should send them to congress to join the Democrats. They have the same political views as schumer, sanders, reid, kennedy, etc.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  344. Mehmet

    Divide them to two groups. Send the idiots to Bush ranch and send the aggressive detainees to Chaney's hunting grounds. Assign a Hollywood producer and a camera crew to each location and start a reality show.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  345. Onsi

    You should never release the inmates; look what happened to Ayman El Zawahri. He was a prisoner in Egypt and when he was released he became the second man in Al Qaeda.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  346. Dean Johnson.....Simsbury, CT

    Find the remotest island in the South Pacific, hire a bunch of sharks (real ones), but working on rotation and have a real life game of Survivor. The last man surviving gets to swim to his freedom to the nearest Continent.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  347. Roger Gregor

    We should confine them to President Bush's Crawford Ranch, and make them his adopted children. His infinate wisdom can take it from there.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  348. Barbara

    The Guantanamo detainees should be transferred to a U.S. facility and tried in Nuremberg-like trials and this should have been done to begin with. By using torture, the Bush/Cheney administration descended to the level of the "evil doers" and destroyed America's reputation in the world.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  349. Pat

    Release the inmates into the streets of Washington and if some members of the Senate or Congress become crime victims, Oh well...
    No big lose as far as I am concerned.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  350. Terry Prytula

    Send the inmates to the ranch in Crawford

    January 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  351. Aaron

    From what I have read above some people have said to pay them reparations and release them. Are they out of their minds? Some of these people have done some of the most heinous acts to mankind and people want to give them money and send them on their way to do more unspeakable acts of violence? America needs to open their eyes. These people have been detained there for very good reasons. People don't want convicted criminals and sex offenders who have been released living in their neighborhoods. So why should we let these international criminals live among the world, especially with the ones that have been released going back to their old livestyles? Solution: execute them.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  352. Denis

    Close it and send the remainder to Crawford Texas for Dubya and Dickey deal with them. That way the "murderers" get to continue for years.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  353. Rupok

    Well you can put them in normal US prisons maybe a special prison in American just for the inmates. You can also send them back to the countries they came from and let their government deal with it. Just making sure that their government doesn't let them go free.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  354. Carol T, Alaska

    Apologize, feed, clothe and house, put the detainees into public service in their home country and pay for an education of their choice. We need to make friends, not enemies.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  355. Pat Henkels - Blue Bell, PA

    If the government doesn't know what to do with the detainees, did they ever think that they should infuse the detainees into the regular inmate population in our prisons? I'm sure the prisoners would be more than willing to administer their own justice.
    Although they have committed their own violent crimes they also have their own "code of honor" when it comes to child molesters and crimes committed to destroy our country and way of life.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  356. Mike

    Put em on a pig farm in arkansas and feed them ham and bacon.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  357. Talat Hamdani

    Dear Jack:

    The Situation Room is evolving into a diverse point of view, which is encouraging. As for the GITMO detainees, you do know 90% of them are innocent civilians who were turned over to the US government by corrupt governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and others. GITMO should be closed immediately so as to restore America's badly damaged image in the world. The inmates should be charged with applicable crimes, and those mot charged should be returned to their country of orign. America picked them up, and America has to take return them.

    Talat Hamdani
    Long Island, NY

    January 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  358. Aaron Salazar

    Send them to W's Crawford Texas Ranch, all the Illegal Immigrants have went back home because the american economy is in the toilet. And W needs the help out there!!!


    January 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  359. Chris, Lake Mary, FL

    I think the only option available to President-elect Obama (if he closes the prison) is to move the prisoners to either FDC Miami or MDC Guaynabo in Puerto Rico and allow them to stand trial. I find it incredible that the U.S. would practice Napoleonic law and then advocate democracy, fairness to other nations.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  360. Steve

    I believe they should be handles with respect and there trials speeded up, military bases have jails that they can be easily be kept in. It should help the economy by closing the base.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  361. Eric

    Jack, why don't you offer to put them up at your place, hire attorneys for them and keep them comfortable until their trials come up. Start them off with a nice Porchetta picnic. Be especially nice to them if you think they know something, too.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  362. Jasmine in Germany

    That's easy, Jack. They can join their confrère Bernard Madoff, for house arrest in his Manhattan penthouse.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  363. Robert L.

    The detainees should get a fair trial, first of all, is is Law in the United States. If they are convicted, which most if not all probably will be, they should be sent to prisons that are very hard to escape from. If they close it in Cuba and we're a bit slow getting there to pick 'em up, the Castro brothers will go torture them even worse than Dick Cheney did.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  364. olof djurner

    You havn´t contemplated that all of them might not have "resumed' terrorist activities but that they took it up after being illegally incarcerated by the United states for years? Just a thought...

    January 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  365. Susan from Long Island

    We should put all the inmates in Guantanamo in a residence next to Bush's new home.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  366. pat napolio

    Anywhere that " BUBBA" can be their cellmate.


    January 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  367. yaqub shamsiddeen

    The men and boys should be released. They should be returned to their country of origin. Hopefully they won't be so bitter and join any terrorist groups. We should have never allowed the opening of this torture facility. Should they decide to harm anyone, i hope they realize their enemy is not the American people, but rather Cheney and Bush!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  368. Fred


    In short, we screwed up with Gantanamo and did even worse with Abu Garib and our infomous rendtions flights. What we did in these places bred terrorists; not stopped them. If we ever hope to prove to the world that we made a mistale and we will get back on the high moral road that the USA was on ofr so many years we need to make a major humanitarian gesture; close Gantanamo and send the inmates back to where got them from. Anything less just indicates that the USA is trying to cover up a terrible incident in our history.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  369. bood

    We need Demi Moore to put them all in their place! hi-ya .she has multiple assetts!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  370. Cheryl

    If these people are so dangerous, why haven't we charged and tried them in a court of law? Sounds a little odd to me. Holding them indefinitely is just plain dumb!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  371. G. Graves, Toronto

    How about hosuing them in Bush's Texas Ranch, when he retires from Oficce next week.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  372. Donte'

    Simple solution to help solvent the situation: Mr. Obama need to create a site which allow Americans to vote if we should keep or get rid of Gitmo.The guidlines: You must be at least 18 years old with a valid social security number and name, then submit your vote. This process will give Mr. Obama the real perspective of what Americans really feel about the situation.

    Charleston, SC

    January 14, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  373. Dean Johnson.....Simsbury, CT

    Find the remotest island in the South Pacific, hire a bunch of sharks (real ones) to circle the island and have a real life game of Survivor. The last man surviving gets to swim for his freedom to the nearest Continent.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  374. Michael Gary

    These people have been detained for a reason. I find it hard to believe that our government would just detain someone for no reason. Why are we codling these people who want nothing more than to kill any American they see? This is not the same legal situation has the person who robs a 7-11. This is war! They killed thousands of innocent Americans on our land. Put the facts on the table and if those facts prove in anyway that they were involved in harming Americans, throw them in prison and let the inmates remind them that terrorists are not tolerated in America. I cannot think of any better justice than for the terrorist to be terrified..

    January 14, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  375. Elizabeth Reynolds

    Jack, if there hasn't been, and still isn't enough evidence to charge and try these individuals, then they should be released to whatever fate awaits them on the outside. If they weren't engaged in anti-west terrorism activities before they were denied their human rights, it's safe to assume that their hatred of us will have escalated to the point that they will be more likely to engage in these activities following release. Maybe, just maybe there's a lesson to be learned by all of us in the west who blindly went along with the Bush/Cheney snub of international law.


    January 14, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  376. Karl from SF, CA

    Why are Prisoners of War being called detainees and why haven’t they had trials, is my question? Close Gitmo and bring them here to the real USA or send them home. If the evidence is good, then use it. If it was tainted with torture or other circumstances, let them go, but get it over with. We will hopefully again become a nation of laws next Tuesday and we have to get used to following them, again. This is a good start. Bush and Cheney are the biggest criminals. Put them on trial, too.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  377. Tom

    They should be prosecuted and if/when convicted incarcerated or let go. However, we should all remember that these individuals, many of whom were not credible threats as indicated by the over 500 released when the threat of judicial oversight was raised, have been incarcerated for up to 8 years without habeas corpus.

    As for the ones released who went bad, the military has been the sole decider of keeping or releasing prisioners. Its not surprising that they blew it on releasing the bad apples while they still keep 11 year old boy because he is a "threat to the US"

    January 14, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  378. Jake

    Jack I propose that these inmates be given a death sentance. The inmates claim they have been tourtured, tourtured!!! if water boarding and subject to freezing temperature is tourture, then isnt every child in the northern states with a supersoaker essentially being tourtured? In any case these prisoners are killers and they will kill again given the chance. It seems to me they arent playing by the rules, complaining that they have been tourtured when just a few years ago American solduirs were being dragged through the streets of Iraq until horrifically murdured then burned and finally strung up as examples, Oh' did i forget they were also decapitaited..
    I dont know Jack maybe i'm being to harsh, maybe we should just tell everyone to forget about it, and everything will be OK.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  379. FJ

    They should all be released and then tracked; they will undoubtedly & eventually lead us straight to new terror plotting sites and maybe for once, we might get the upper hand......instead of waiting for them to regroup and hit us again....

    January 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  380. Arthur - Cape Cod

    Hey Jack. It's simple. Turn them loose, and allow them to swim the Florida Straits. It could be a new reality show. Those who make it could earn a return trip to a prison in their own country. Call Fox. Perhaps they would be interested.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  381. Robert Ammon, Palm Coast, Fl.

    Hi Jack,
    Why haven't they been tried? What's the hold-up? If there is some evidence that they are guilty, then put them on trial and aquit them or sentence them. Just another example of the bumbling incompetence we've been subjected to for the last 8 years. In the meantime have them stay with Madoff in his penthouse. Then they can see how we treat "our criminals".

    January 14, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  382. Aaron in Espanola, New Mexico

    I think I found the WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION(WMD's), it's George W. Bush and Dick Chenney! Guantanamo Bay is just another one of there legacies.

    Espanola, New Mexico

    January 14, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  383. j/NJ

    If President-elect Obama closes the Guantanamo Bay prison, what should be done with the inmates there?

    The Govt has two options: officially charge the detainees if there is sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution, or release them unconditionally if substantive evidence of guilt does not exist...of course the most sinister of all options is to detain any inmate merely on the spurious assumption that some incriminating evidence might surface which is clearly a gross violation of the Geneva accords as well as existing statutes governing International Law...

    January 14, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  384. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    Canadian Romeo Dallaire asked yesterday for the release of Omar Kadr a child soldier. Outside of child soldiers I would expect others to be emprisoned in the U.S. to face proper justice procedure.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  385. terry

    jack, we can send them all crawford fx that way we can keep all the crooks in same place. galveston tx.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  386. Manuel van den Akker

    United States had 7,5 years to put the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay to justice, but all they did was torture. Obviously there was no proof of these terrorism charges otherwise they would now have been convicted.
    Now their rights have been violated so long that there is no other option than to set them free with a huge amount of compensation.
    If it is not possible or safe to go back to their homecountry US should award these innocent people US Citizenship as compensation.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  387. skeptic

    Well, since none of these prisoners received due process, and or a fair trial, just maybe someone should send them back where they were captured. Being tortured and imprisoned by a foreign country, for whatever charge, they should now be cut loose.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  388. JR

    After being kept in solitary confinement for 5 or 6 years and exposed to "harsh" interrogation, if they weren't terrorists before, I bet they sure are now.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  389. Trent , Hoodsource.com

    Jack; We as americans must remember what makes this country different. Remember what Saddam Hussien did to those that opposed him ? We are different because we hold law as the means to govern, when we start to make different rules for different people we run the risk of becoming what we oppose. Regardless of what you do you cannot make some one like you. You cannot legislate morality. Thus it is our rule of law that gives us permission to govern and in effect permission to defend our style of government by any means neccessary. Take away our rule of law and everything else we do is no different than any other dictator. We must charge the guilty with a crime and prosecute.

    Trent, Hoodsource.com

    January 14, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  390. Tomasz residing in NY


    Let us establish that if you are a muslim and you read the Qur'an, the US Government thinks you are going to carry out an attack or are ingaging in terrorist activity. This is the paranoia of that the US Goverment wants to propagate.

    The inmates of Guantonimo must be released with repairations administered. Money isn't enough. A trip to Madina where they can pray seems like fitting compensation. If they have lost homes or are suffering economically due to detention, then that must be addressed and remedied.

    And Allah(Eloh in Aramaic; the language Prophet Jesus, Peace be upon him, spoke) knows the goings of the Heavens and the Earth.

    Ma Salama

    January 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  391. Ben

    I refer you to the 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments of the United States Constitution.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  392. Rashid- Kent, WA

    Free them and let them move in with Cheney and Bush. I am sure
    Cheney would love to go hunting with them.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  393. Vence

    Judge them according to international law, if they are found guilty, apply the the law. Unfortunately, Mr Bush send the law to middle ages and lock them up forever without a probable proven cause.

    That's one of many monstrous sins of Bush and cristian-neo-cons (republicans).
    They used religious, and color differences with terrorists to spread fear, hate and intolerance. Hopefully Barack Obama change this in his first day in office.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  394. John

    Pouring water on someone is not torture! Let them move into the White House next week with President elect Hussein...he can wipe thier tears and hug them.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  395. Canadian

    Of the 760 or so individuals that were arrested or better still, "kidnapped" from outside USA, 460 have been released (OVER 60%!!!) without any trial and possibly with torture. The fact they were released indicates that there was no evidence to charge them, possibly they may be innocent. However, they were not compensated.

    So some of them have bitter taste and are now involved in terrorist activities. What do you expect? Do you expect them to be pleased for being held in Gitmo under those conditions for years, without trial or communication, consultation to legal authorities, away from their families and livelihood .. what has happened to their families?

    The important question is why are there groups of people annoyed at US in the first place? You need to take a serious look at your foreign policy. I remeber the world had high opinion of USA in the 60's which has gradually gone down since. ( perhaps the Carter administration is an exception)

    How many more "terrorists" will be created in Iraq?

    The innocent "kidnapped" should be released immediately with an apology and compensation.

    Those involved in the 9-11 should be tried immediately and not held indefinitely without a fair trial. otherwise you are no better than the countries that you are preaching to!!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  396. Chris

    I grieve for the USA – once a great country and now in the midst of losing it's identity. Mostly because most American's have forgotten what principles this country was founded on. The founding fathers would be outraged with the direction we have gone (and even further in the tank with the incoming administration). Our troubles are many and the sources countless – all can be attributed to the moral decay of American society and it's citizen's. 50 years from now America will be a shadow of what it used to be and no longer a world leader, but, simply another european clone.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  397. Dave Herman

    The reason we have due process is to make sure that we are actually locking up guilty people.

    I'm sure there are some dangerous folks in GITMO, but we can't keep them all locked up just because Dick Cheney says they're dangerous.

    If they have committed crimes or waged war against the US, then we should give them a trial and punish them accordingly,if they are found guilty.

    However, we now know beyond any shadow of a doubt, that at least some of the people that got swept up and sent to GITMO just were wrongly accused.

    This is the same reason that we can't torture. What if we torture the an innocent person? What good is a confession or any other evidence gained via torture? Not only can't we use that information in court, more importantly, we can't believe nay information gained via torture is reliable.

    Today, we found out that the US tortured an individual who allegedly wanted to be the 20th hijacker. Did we get him to confess to this through torture? Do we have any other reason to believe he wanted to be the 20th hijacker? Was he just a crazy individual with no capacity or ability to join the plot?

    The problem with this secretive flawed system set up by the Bush administration is that we have no idea how to evaluate any of this information, we can't rely on anything they've told us.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  398. Bud Pratt of Punta Garda, Florida

    Bud Pratt of Punta Garda, Florida

    If evidence cleanly obtained is available, try them using court-martial procedure, in accord with Geneva conventions, with court martial protections of security.

    If evidence is inadequate, or corrupted by torture, let them go.

    If another nation has evidence and charges against them, extradite them there. If another nation will accept them as citizens, send them there. If nobody will take them, let them go here, and treat them as permanent aliens, under surveillance. If they do the slightest thing illegal, arrest and imprison them.

    Pay off large settlements and lawsuits for wrongful detainment and torture.

    In most of life, once you have totally screwed things up, there is no way to really fix it. You just have to find ways to cope with the bad results.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  399. US Army Retired 2009

    strange that this is a topic. i say release them and suffer the consequences. either way we are going to suffer the consequences with the new administration. Watch out New York!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  400. marjorie

    ... clearing brush in crawford, texas, where else?

    January 14, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  401. Sue from Redwood City

    Let the "not so innocent" ones go on a hunting trip with Dick Cheney???

    January 14, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  402. Jay

    Return them to country where they were captured.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  403. Steve in California

    Closing GITMO won't solve anything, Jack. It's not about GITMO. It's about our president ignoring the law. What has to be done is for these people to be given their day in court, adhering to lrules of due process. If we can't find enough evidence to prosecute them, then give them a circular rubber raft and a short oar, a pack of Velveeta, and a case of Gatorade! If we CAN determine they are snarky little terrorists, let's put them to work, shoveling snow for Sarah Palin while they think about what they've done wrong.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  404. Maureen Brown

    In better days I'd say let them go. Today I have to save only over their dead bodies. I love my country and I'd die for it . But I refuse to die over their hatred and by their hands. We the american people need to tell President Elect Obama this is one campaign promise we would excuse him from.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  405. Bill


    Send them to Crarford, Texas on President Bush ranch..

    January 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  406. Jon Davis

    At least some have been held illegally and should be compensated for the crimes committed against them by US authorities and re-settled in other countries at US expense.

    At least some are criminals who should be held and tried by the US justice system and, if convicted, imprisoned in federal prisons. And at least some of the second group, after serving their sentences, will attempt to attack us again. But we are a country of laws and not of men.

    And at least some of the first group, thanks to the horrific abuse they suffered at our hands, will also attempt to attack us again. But that's the price we will pay for letting Bush change us from a "country of laws" into a "country of men".

    January 14, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  407. Linda Doscotch

    I think the Gitmo prisoners should be moved to a ranch in Crawford, Texas...

    January 14, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  408. MATT IN CA.

    Send them to Chicago to live William Ayers!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  409. Romell

    Me thinks there is a empty dwelling ,ranch style in Crawford , Tx

    January 14, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  410. Stephen

    Since the detainees are obviously innocent victims of unnecessary U.S. persecution and are deemed to be totally safe by the new administration, place them in temporary housing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. 132 bedrooms, approximately 2 cuddly detainees per room. Easy, huh?

    January 14, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  411. Job

    What to do with Gitmo inmates?
    Drop them off exactly where they were picked up. How is that?

    Denver, CO

    January 14, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  412. Jeff "Scary Nickname" Nader

    The "prisoners" get the best health care that they've ever received in their lives at Gitmo. Release them in America so they can enjoy our awesomely horrible economy, our price gouging health care, and the precious last few months of George "daddy look what I can do" Bush.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  413. CC

    Imagine being taken from your homeland & put in detention half away around the world? If we have evidence against them, allow the due process of the law, if we do not have evidence, then they should be set free in their homeland or whatever is left of it.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  414. ed

    Give them citizenship, some bailout money, and resettle them in NYC, Chicago, LA, Philly, Berkeley, and Boston.

    January 14, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  415. old ewok, cottonwood

    If we keep them in the U.S. our lawyers can get rich trying to protect their right to be terrorist...this could go on for 10 years...lol..Hollywood loones could donate millions for their defence...lol

    January 14, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  416. Kyle W.

    Are you people freaken stupid? We can't put them in US prisons. These people are POW's! Do you no tunderstand this? God this just goes to show how stupid America has become. Thise people do not have the rights we do and they should not be expected them. You think that we just picked these people up shopping at a flower market? For the love of god, wake up people!!!

    January 14, 2009 at 6:55 pm |