Closing Guantanamo: Easier Said than Done

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Closing Guantanamo Bay means finding another place for some 200 prisoners Donald Rumsfeld once called "the worst of the worst." But many were scooped up in sweeps or handed over for money. Judges picked by the Bush Administration say 30 should be released right away. Cases against many others are so weak that the Pentagon and Justice Department are competing for plea agreements in courts or military tribunals. In the meantime, the Obama Administration wants them housed on American soil. But where? Yesterday, government officials toured the Thomson Correctional Facility, an unoccupied state prison 150 miles northwest of Chicago. We hear about the possibilities and the politics.

Credits

Guests:
Lynn Sweet - Washington Bureau Chief, Chicago Sun-Times, Dafna Linzer - ProPublica, Jeremy Rabkin - Professor of Constitutional Law, George Mason University Law School, Scott Horton - Columbia Law School / Harper's - @ColumbiaLaw

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Frances Anderton