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Military Prosecutors: U.S. Has Authority to Detain Gitmo Prisoners Indefinitely, Regardless of Guilt
Military prosecutors are insisting the U.S. government has the authority to indefinitely detain a prisoner at the military base at Guantánamo Bay, even if he is found innocent by a military tribunal. Abd al Rahim al Nashiri faces arraignment next week on charges he masterminded the attack on the U.S.S. Cole in 2000 that killed 17 American sailors. In related news, the Senate is considering a controversial proposal this week that would require any foreigners suspected of terrorism to be held in military custody outside of the traditional justice system.