A published report says the Bush administration is considering plans for permanently imprisoning some suspected terrorists held by the U.S. military and Central Intelligence Agency.
The Washington Post today (Sunday) quotes unidentified U.S. officials as saying the White House is considering a plan to indefinitely hold certain detainees the administration does not want released or turned over to courts in the United States or other countries. In some cases, the reason is said to be a lack of evidence.
The newspaper says Washington is considering transferring large numbers of prisoners from Afghanistan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to U.S.-built prisons in their homelands.
International human rights groups have criticized the Bush administration for indefinitely detaining people without charges or allowing them access to legal counsel.