Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The NYT reports today that the Obama administration may be accelerating its decision on what to do with the Uighurs, the Chinese Muslims detained at Guantanamo Bay. According to the report, administration officials interviewed the 17 Uighurs to "assess their suitability for release, perhaps in the United States." I posted most recently on the Uighurs here.
The article also provides a fascinating and disturbing account of how the Uighurs ended up at Guantanamo in the first place, and why so many still think they're a danger--or why they "could potentially be terrorists, according to one member of Congress--even after the Bush administration said they weren't "enemy combatants," and even after a federal court ridiculed the basis for their detention and ordered their release.