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Spain may take Guantanamo inmates

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by BrAinPaiNt, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    Spain's foreign minister has said his country is prepared "in principle" to take in some inmates released from the Guantanamo Bay US military camp.

    Miguel Angel Moratinos was speaking after a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington.

    He said Spain would consider taking prisoners on a case by case basis and only under acceptable legal conditions.

    About 250 people are still held in the camp, which President Barack Obama has ordered to be shut down within a year.

    However questions remain over where the inmates will be sent once released.

    Among them are several high risk prisoners, including the man believed to have mastermind the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and other al-Qaeda or Taleban suspects.

    Some are expected to face trial but there are concerns that of the 60 or so inmates cleared for release, some would need to be transferred to third countries as their home nations have poor human-rights records.

    'New stage'

    Mr Moratinos said Mrs Clinton had asked him for "help in solving this drama, this unacceptable tragedy of the prisoners at Guantanamo".

    "We are prepared to cooperate. Our teams will make contact to legally study each case on a case by case basis," he told Spanish media.

    In January, Mr Obama signed orders to close the controversial prison camp "no later than one year from now" as well as all overseas CIA detention centres.

    He also ordered a review of military trials for terror suspects and a ban on harsh interrogation methods.

    Relations between Spain and the US were strained after Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was elected in March 2004 and fulfilled a campaign promise to withdraw all 1,300 Spanish soldiers serving in the US-led war in Iraq.

    But Mr Moratinos said the meeting with Mrs Clinton heralded "a new stage in relations between the United States and Spain is opening that is more intense, more productive".
  2. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    The same Spain that caved after the terrorist blew up some trains there ?

    Have they turned a new lease on life and gotten tougher there ? I don't follow their politics admittedly, but it sure seemed like they went soft on terrorism last time they were attacked ?
  3. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    No clue about it. Don't follow them much either.

    Just saw the article posted and figured some might be interested in it.
    :D
  4. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure how handing them over to a socialist country makes us safer. They were the ones that ran to communism after the terrorists blew up their trains. What does Clinton and Obama believe the Spaniards should do with them?

    Despite all the oratory skills Obama possesses, he and his entire administration are continually lite on details.
  5. ninja

    ninja Numbnuts

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    So Spain will take a few. Let me guess who will pay for their incarceration, the US?
  6. daschoo

    daschoo Slanje Va

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    communism in spain? care to elaborate? :rolleyes:
  7. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    Sorry. Socialism. My bad. Need more coffee. My 5 month old girl had me up all night.

    Thanks for catching that.
  8. daschoo

    daschoo Slanje Va

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    fair enough. was going to say spain is one of the most right wing countries in europe
  9. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    I'm never afraid to admit when I'm wrong. Especially when I'm caught red handed.;)
  10. daschoo

    daschoo Slanje Va

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    quite agree, i'm just lucky i'm never wrong :liarliar:

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