Charges Dropped on 5 Gitmo Detainees - Military Denies the Obvious

In a follow up to last week’s post- Gitmo Prosecutor Quits Due to Lack of Fairnesss in System- 5 detainees originally being prosecuted by Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, who resigned recently due to “a crisis of conscience”, will have their current charges against them dropped.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The U.S. military abruptly dropped charges against five Guantanamo Bay detainees, including one who allegedly plotted to detonate a “dirty bomb” in the U.S., after a prosecutor accused the military of suppressing evidence that could have helped clear them. - AP/Yahoo News


Unfortunately the military is refusing to allow for their release, even after this year’s Supreme Court ruling stating that prisoners do have the right of Habeas Corpus-

Despite the decision, announced Tuesday, there are no plans to free the men. New trial teams are taking another look at the evidence, the military said, and after consulting with intelligence agencies will recommend whether to reinstate charges.

That means the administration of the next U.S. president will probably get to decide what to do with the cases, including that of Binyam Mohamed, accused of plotting with U.S. citizen Jose Padilla to set off a radioactive bomb and fill apartments with natural gas to blow up buildings.


The US Military is claiming that the decision to drop charges has nothing to do with the upcoming testimony by their own former prosecutor and his problems with their “system”.

The Pentagon denied Vandeveld’s testimony had anything to do with the charges being dropped. The Pentagon reports recommending dismissal said only that the new prosecution teams taking over the cases needed more time to evaluate them.


Lets hope the next President will either charge these men as criminals (if they indeed are guilty) and bring the iron hammer of American justice down upon them, or respect their natural rights to Habeas Corpus and release them.

For more information on the detainees read this Yahoo News article, and for more information on the former prosecutor who resigned due to what he saw as lack of fairness in the system check out this United Liberty post.

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