Notebook: Guantanamo Bay
Five years ago this week, the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba opened its doors to "illegal combatants." Then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld called it the "least worst place" to house prisoners from the war in Afghanistan. And since then, Gitmo has been a source of controversy.
Critics say most of the prisoners there are caught in a legal limbo, with the U.S. saying it can hold them indefinitely without bringing them to trial.
The other side of the argument: what other option is there? Does an enemy fighter deserve a jury of his peers? Or the right to a speedy trial?
President Bush has called the prisoners at Gitmo the "worst of the worst," including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of 9-11.
The president has said he hopes for the day when we can close down the prison. If that means finding a better way to deal with our worst enemies, we should all hope that day isn't too far away.
That's a page from my notebook.