A TOP US general has warned of the risks of taking terror suspects from the notorious Guantanamo Bay military prison as the Rudd Government yesterday admitted it was considering the move after a second request from the Bush administration.
Major General John Altenburg, formerly an appointing authority to the US Military Commissions - the body that oversees the prosecution of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay - told The Weekend Australian that a significant number of former detainees had subsequently undertaken terrorist acts or had been recaptured on the battlefield.
His warning came as Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard revealed Australia had rejected a request early last year from George W. Bush and was "examining (a) second request" made last month to "assist with relocation" of a small group of the remaining 250 inmates.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Don't take men from Guantanamo Bay.