Chinese Islam and the Case of the Disappearing Prison

What do you do when you're trying to shut down a high-profile prison for unofficially accused international terrorists? Ship the prisoners off to a nation of disappearing islands.
The U.S. might shortly begin sending Chinese Muslim prisoners from its facility at Guantanamo Bay – itself an extra-judicial territory, or semi-sovereign administrative enclave, that both is and is not part of the United States – to a terrestrially complicated new situation in the Pacific island nation of Palau.
Palau, of course, is disappearing.
From one black hole to another, then.

(Via @pruned).

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9 Comments:

OpenID cbowiephotography said...

Better than bringing them here to the states.

June 10, 2009 11:04 AM  
Blogger robolove said...

For their own safety as well. They'd get murdered in our domestic prisons.

June 10, 2009 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what the Pulitburo wants you to think.

Harmoniousnesses Forever!

June 10, 2009 3:12 PM  
Anonymous rek said...

Send them home.

June 10, 2009 3:25 PM  
Blogger betadinesutures said...

my guess is these islands won't have steve mcqueen or dustin hoffman.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/

i guess we have become the defacto dumping ground for "terrorists" er, i mean enemies of the state, i mean, political prisoners, well...quite the free country we have.

June 10, 2009 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Liquid Roof said...

US Should Send them to their country.

June 11, 2009 5:21 AM  
Anonymous BenB said...

If they're just gonna go from one place to another, the entire closure of Gitmo is redundant. I thought the purpoe of Obama's campaign promice was supposed to be of judicial closure, that is, sentencing or releasing as is appropriate. A dubiously held prisoner is a dubiously held prisoner whether they're in Cuba or Palau. Kinda pathetic really.
If they had actually been sentenced and were being imprisoned, then that's fair enough.

On the other hand, intentionally building a prison on doomed land could be a good idea. It could be built like an oil rig, with piers raising it high above the surface of Palau. And then as the waves rose, the land would vanish, leaving only the prison. An environmental security upgrade.

June 11, 2009 11:19 AM  
Anonymous mcmlxix said...

Ben I don't think "redundant" is the word you're looking for. Smoke screen, bait & switch, or lie more readily come to mind.

I don't think that I'll ever believe in hope again.

June 11, 2009 7:25 PM  
Blogger Menna said...

I think every person in those prisons should be sent back to their native country...maybe to start a new life...maybe some of them are wrongly accused, we'll never know. We can't always assume that each and every prisoner deserves to be on a disappearing island.

September 02, 2009 5:26 PM  

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