2009-01-29 / Letters

Obama makes bad early decision to close Guantanamo

It seems odd that a judge would hand down an order to delay the pending trials of some of the Guantanamo detainees based solely on the "request" from the new president.

Where was the hearing?

Where was the input from the families of the 9/11 victims and the military personnel who were killed by some of those on trial?

I'm sure they would really appreciate not being able to see that justice is served in a timely manner.

The pending trials should proceed now, not 120 days from now. And where would the trials take place if they were delayed?

I don't approve that they take place within the borders of the U.S., and I certainly don't approve of using our tax dollars to pay for their defense.

I cannot believe that sworn enemies of our country have more rights than the average American citizen.

And what if some of these "enemy combatants" were acquitted?

They would simply continue doing what they do best and that is to kill as many Americans as possible.

Who in their right mind would ask a judge to delay trials that prosecutors have been working tirelessly on and the process is already in place to go ahead?

This means that what's been done to get ready for these trials will probably have to be done all over again.

Closing the facility that's kept these criminals from harming American soldiers and citizens is a mistake and, apparently, is being done for political "brownie points."

The foremost sworn duty of the president is to protect the nation. How is this going to achieve that? It looks like the ones that will be protected will be the enemies of America.

I hope the president will have the sense enough to reconsider the above. Elizabeth Buckner Thousand Oaks

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