Freedom a Long Way Off for Some Detainees

Dragging shackles to makeshift courtrooms, dozens of terrorism suspects are being considered for possible release from this U.S. military outpost. But freedom appears a long way off. Many prisoners are being transferred to jails in other countries where torture is common, critics say. Set up to extract information from suspected terrorists, the Guantanamo mission has the United States confronting multiplying criticism over the detention of people for nearly three years without trial and questions about what more it can gain from continuing to hold them. Some 30 percent of the 550 remaining prisoners are considered to be of high intelligence value now, said Steve Rodriguez, the civilian in charge of interrogations and intelligence. Military trials have been scheduled for only four detainees. Full Story

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