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Pentagon Releases 20 Guantanamo Prisoners


— November 24, 2003

The government has freed 20 prisoners from its high-security prison for foreign terror suspects in Cuba, bringing the total released to more than 80, and plans to send dozens more home soon, officials said Monday.

The next batch, however, will probably get out of the Guantanamo Bay prison only if their governments promise to continue to imprison and investigate them, two senior U.S officials said.

The latest releases stem from negotiations that were sped up after American allies complained the Bush administration was taking too long to resolve the cases of hundreds of foreigners captured in the global war on terrorism, another official said. The prisoners have been held without charges and without access to lawyers, some for nearly two years.

The AP’s report is here from FindLaw.com. TalkLeft has more here.


The government has freed 20 prisoners from its high-security prison for foreign terror suspects in Cuba, bringing the total released to more than 80, and plans to send dozens more home soon, officials said Monday.

The next batch, however, will probably get out of the Guantanamo Bay prison only if their governments promise to continue to imprison and investigate them, two senior U.S officials said.

The latest releases stem from negotiations that were sped up after American allies complained the Bush administration was taking too long to resolve the cases of hundreds of foreigners captured in the global war on terrorism, another official said. The prisoners have been held without charges and without access to lawyers, some for nearly two years.

The AP’s report is here from FindLaw.com. TalkLeft has more here.

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