For Immediate Release
Obama Administration Should Not Institutionalize Indefinite Detention For Guantánamo Prisoners, Says ACLU
Group Responds To Proposed Executive Order
WASHINGTON - According
to news reports, the Obama administration is considering an executive
order that would establish a periodic review process for Guantánamo
detainees who are being held indefinitely without charge or trial. The
American Civil Liberties Union opposes the indefinite detention of
prisoners at Guantánamo, some of whom have been held in U.S. custody
without charge or trial for as many as eight years.
The following can be attributed to Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office:
"It is impossible to evaluate the review process in the proposed
executive order without seeing it, but we have serious concerns about
any order that would institutionalize indefinite detention for
Guantánamo detainees. Where credible evidence exists against Guantánamo
detainees, they should be charged and prosecuted under our criminal
justice system, which has a successful record of prosecuting terrorism
suspects and is the only way to provide the fair and reliable outcomes
that Americans deserve."
There have been hundreds of successfully completed terrorism trials in the federal courts, both before and after 9/11.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.