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Navy: Guantanamo Inmates Want Tribunals

Most of the 594 U.S. prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appear willing to go before a tribunal that would give them a chance to convince military officers they are wrongly detained, the Navy secretary said Friday. Gordon England said the first of the tribunals will be impaneled late next week or early the following one. He offered no assessment of the prisoners’ chances for release but said anyone found to be wrongly held would be returned to his home country. The new tribunal procedure is a response to a series of setbacks for the Bush administration and the military regarding the handling of prisoners from Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the war on terror. Separately, the Pentagon announced Friday it was creating a new Office of Detainee Affairs to review reports from the International Committee of the Red Cross and elevate worrisome ones to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. Full Story

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