As the wheels of justice grind slowly and stupidly on:
Guantanamo Case Files in Disarray
Situation Complicates Prison's Closure
President Obama's plans to expeditiously determine the fates of about 245 terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and quickly close the military prison there were set back last week when incoming legal and national security officials -- barred until the inauguration from examining classified material on the detainees -- discovered that there were no comprehensive case files on many of them.
Instead, they found that information on individual prisoners is "scattered throughout the executive branch," a senior administration official said. The executive order Obama signed Thursday orders the prison closed within one year, and a Cabinet-level panel named to review each case separately will have to spend its initial weeks and perhaps months scouring the corners of the federal government in search of relevant material.
In unrelated news, Canadian Prime Douchebag Stephen Harper reaffirmed his commitment to not interfere in the case of long-time Guantanamo detainee and Canadian citizen Omar Khadr, emphasizing that the newly-revealed chaos of records-keeping and sleazy technical legal gimmicks suit him just fine.
Added Harper, "He's brown. What's your problem?"