by altara, Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 02:46:13 AM EST
It is like a breath of fresh air. The new Obama administration has renounced torture, adopted real science, and ordered the closing of the prison at Guantanamo. The closing may take a year to complete. A fair trial procedure must be established and a place must be found for those who can't be proved to deserve continued detention and for those who must continue in confinement.
Right away we hear protests from residents and politicians in areas where there are prisons that are logical destinations. "No terrorists""Not in our backyard" Here they are near prisons that house murderers, rapists, and street killers, complaining about a few foreign nationals with some connection to terrorist attacks.
And then there are nations that have refused to take back their citizens released from Guantanamo. With our new, more diplomatic and understanding foreign policy, perhaps we can now persuade them to change their minds. A new coalition of the willing?