Some Americans seem to have forgotten there’s a war going on. Not these detainees: They regularly threaten their guards and vow to have their friends kill the guards’ families back home. Our service members take these threats seriously -- many remove their nametags before they’ll walk past a cell block. One officer’s tag identified him as Col. “I don’t know.”
At least 10 former Gitmo detainees, once released, returned to the battlefield against coalition forces only to be killed or captured again. One even managed to assassinate an Afghan judge. So it makes sense that our military hold on to dangerous people until we can be certain they’re no longer a threat.
Incidentally, more than a quarter of all current Gitmo detainees are eligible to leave, but they’ve got no place to go. No country is willing to accept them, so they remain in Cuba. One reason we can’t simply deport them is that the U.S. military will not, as a matter of policy, send a detainee to a country where he is likely to be tortured. Remember that the next time you’re told the United States condones torture.
I’ve never been prouder of our men and women (many of the guards at Gitmo are women) in uniform than when I saw how professionally they handled themselves and our enemies. Our facility at Guantanamo Bay should be in the news every day -- as an example of what we’re doing right: Winning the war on terror, while still treating our enemies humanely.