Fox's Krauthammer: "You Can't Try" Guantanamo Detainees "Because You Might Actually Have To Acquit Them"
Charles Krauthammer: “Some Of Them Will Be Acquitted, That's Why We Can't Put Them On Trial”
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From the May 24 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:
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BRET BAIER (HOST): Let me push back on this notion that Gitmo is the best option. Are you saying that we can't do it here? That we can't have a prison here in the US that is able to do this if we wanted to?
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The problem is more a legal one, which is what we're engaged in in Guantanamo, apart from the interrogation, is indefinite detention. Some of these guys, the worst of the worst, we know who they are, cannot be tried because the evidence disappeared. You don't go around collecting bullet shells on a battlefield. That's all gone, half of it is tainted, so you can't try them because you might actually have to acquit them. But, in wartime, the idea that you have to try every soldier is absurd. We had hundreds of thousands of German and Japanese POWs on American soil during the Second World War. You release them when the war is over, and if the war doesn't end, it's not our fault, it's the jihadists' fault. So you keep them indefinitely, in a strange situation because it's a strange war with a strange enemy, because we have to, and Guantanamo is the ideal place where you would do that. You put them in New York, and all of a sudden you're going to have all the legal challenges, you're going to have the Miranda rights, you're going to have to put them on trial, or you're going to have to let them go, and some of them will be acquitted, that's why we can't put them on trial.