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May 20th, 2009
09:00 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Gitmo Detainee Coming to the U.S.

The Guantanamo facility houses terror suspects, and lawmakers don't want them in the U.S.

The Guantanamo facility houses terror suspects, and lawmakers don't want them in the U.S.

Tonight, we've learned that one of the 240 Gitmo detainees is coming to New York to face trial.  Ahmed Ghailani is accused of taking part in the 1998 al Qaeda plot to bomb two American embassies in Africa that killed more than 200 people.

He was finally captured five years ago in Pakistan and was transported to Guantanamo in 2006.

President Obama will address the future of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, tomorrow morning in a speech at Georgetown University.

Earlier today, Pres. Obama was dealt a blow when the U.S. Senate approved a measure  prevent detainees at Guantanamo Bay from being transferred to the United States for now. The measure passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in a 90-6 vote.  Then tonight, just hours after that vote, we learn of plans to bring this one detainee to the U.S. to face trial.  What does this all mean?  We'll talk it over with our legal and political experts.

Do you agree Ghailani should face trial here in the U.S.? And, did the Senate make the right call? Should all Gitmo detainees stay off U.S. soil?

We'll have this and more tonight on AC360° starting at 10pm ET.
See you then!


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. James Green

    They should not be permited on U.S. Soil and enjoy our court system.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  2. Terry, TX

    I don't agree with any detainee touching US soil....everything should be handled from Gitmo. No detainee should touch US soil...it's not necessary. Just leave Gitmo alone.

    President Obama needs to quit giving his speeches from Georgetown University....covering a religious sign for his last photo op was wrong. Why doesn't he talk from the White House? Every time he does this at a Catholic University ...he ticks people off.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    I see no problem with this if the evidence is sufficient to obtain a conviction and the Justice department concurs. They can get a sentence which confines him ( top security prison) and then is deported immediately on his release. That's real justice and law not the cowboy justice and torture of Bush et al.
    If he is innocent he can still be deported as an illegal immigrant, this place should be determined before hand.
    The senates vote is anathema because they simply perpetuate guantanamo, which I thought the majority of Americans wanted to see closed. This kind of action undermines completely American sincerity on the Illegal detention of so called non war combatants not subject to Geneva conventions despite the fact America declared war on them! Also it costs money to re-patriate them effectively, without risking further TORTURE of those individuals.
    It is totally hypocritical of the senate in my humble opinion and no wonder thier ratings continue to be so low in the electorates minds.
    Try them and convict them under the Geneva convention rules ( in Guantanamo if needed) or US courts ( both involve cost to the US) or just repatriate them to where they came from.
    That latter is a tough call as America has convinced them wherever they are to be repatriated Terrorists, but America made a bad judgment call and we'll all have to pay the price if you cannot convict reasonably within reasonable and fair laws. Accept your mistakes if any and live them = convict or release, either costs money.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:40 am |
  4. Mark from Saint Louis

    The vast majority of Americans do not want this... but of course, the Obama administration will continue to do what it wants.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:49 am |
  5. Jeff

    Two problems solved - why don't we just release the Gitmo detainees into the National Parks, on the same day we declare National Automatic Weapons in Our Parks Day. Don't leave home without it- gun or credit card . When the ammo runs out, no detainee problem. What a country - what a Congress !

    May 21, 2009 at 12:53 am |
  6. Bob

    Keep them there, give them a fair, just trial and make sure they get what they deserve nothing more. We're suppose to be civilized but that doesn't mean we should lessen the grip on terrorists.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:22 am |
  7. MELBA ANN WILLIAMS

    This is terrible news and I do not feel as safe as I did yesterday in my country that would allow those barbaric detainees on US soil. Even seeing thier photos on television brings those horrific images back to mind and what an insult to the families who lost thier loved ones in 9-11. Some of our leaders need some serious checking out.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:16 am |
  8. Nabeel Ahmed

    I believe we should close this dark chapter of Bush administration and transfer these detainees to one of the maximum security prisons here in U.S. After all these criminals are still people and not some cyborg based robotic machines that will break all barriers and run out destroying our way of life. With more than 2.3 million people behind bars, the United States leads the world in both the number and percentage of residents it incarcerates and If we can handle Unabomber, Dahmer, and worst serial killers in our history, we sure can handle these people.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:10 am |
  9. Heidi Ann Berg

    Bring them all here ,there is no reason we couldn't put them here

    May 21, 2009 at 12:09 am |
  10. Karen W. McCalister

    Of the 240 detainees, approximately how many would pose a threat to America; that is, with or without "evidence" as defined in a US Court?

    I am confident the federal prison system can more than adequately incarcerate this small number of people; thus, ensuring that they do not have the priviledge of letters, phone calls, contact with others, etc.

    Whatever the number is, it pales by comparison to number of people currently confined in the federal prison system.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  11. Mark

    Look, the terrorist that are in the US have commited crimes IN the US and should be tried and kept here. The detainees are suspected enemy combatants and should be tried by the military and kept off US soil.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  12. Sunj

    Americans need to grow up. Our soldiers risk their lives going to foreign land and bring back dangerous people as captives. They are "valuable" to us, in a negative way. We can't be of two minds. We should be able to hold them on our main-land. You can't be humanitarian one day and be switch another day.

    May 20, 2009 at 11:23 pm |