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Gitmo Going Across the Pond?

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2009 at 12:09 PM

“The story of the last half-century is one of each side of the Atlantic turning to the other for help in times of need, and today is no different,” says U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder as he reasoned his plea for Europe’s aid in the shut down of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.

Mr. Holder’s speech was given at the American Academy in Berlin Wednesday night. It was there that he announced that the Obama administration have deemed 30 detainees, out of the 241, ready to be released.

Continuing his rationalization, the Attorney General said, “I know that Europe did not open Guantanamo, and that in fact a great many on this continent opposed it. To close Guantanamo, we must all make sacrifices and we must all be willing to make unpopular choices.”

According to the AP Newswire… Germany’s former justice minister, Herta Daubler-Gmelin, said she expected Germany would eventually be one of the countries that accepts Guantanamo detainees. French President Nicolas Sarkozy already has made what was seen as a symbolic gesture of agreeing to take one Guantanamo detainee. (one detainee… I find that funny) Several other European nations, including Portugal and Lithuania, have said they will consider taking such detainees.

This speech, being in front of a select group of about 100 policy experts, academics and journalists, could generate large amounts of influential talk because these are the people who spend their lives talking, spreading information and guiding opinions. Once the doors in Cuba close, we’re going to need help. Let’s hope this works.

AP Newswire Link: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_HOLDER_GUANTANAMO?SITE=DCSAS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2009-04-29-11-36-36

To view Mr. Holder’s entire speech: http://www.americanacademy.de/home/must-views/audiovideo-archive/video/268//us_attorney_general_eric_holder/

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