The executive summary of a new report on how to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay opens, "The process for closing Guantanamo has not gone as smoothly as the Obama administration had hoped." Indeed.
But hope is not lost for advocates of closing the infamous facility. The report, by Ken Gude of the Center for American Progress, charts the path from today to a day when there will be no prisoners remaining at Guantanamo.
CAP summarizes Gude's recommendations as follows:
* Push back the closure deadline to July 2010. * Prosecute 9/11 conspirators in federal court and limit military commissions to battlefield crimes. * Limit military detention only to enemy fighters captured in combat zones and use criminal law to prosecute detainees captured far from any battlefield. * Incarcerate detainees convicted in U.S. criminal courts in maximum-security U.S. prisons and transfer those who will remain in military custody to Bagram prison in Afghanistan.You can read more and download the full report here.