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Tories: Are Guantanamo detainees dangerous?

By Natalie Paris and agencies

Last Updated: 6:51pm GMT 08/12/2007

The Conservatives have demanded the Government declare whether or not the men returning to the UK from Guantanamo Bay are "dangerous".

The announcement that five detainees with British links are being released was the result of intense negotiations between the Government and Washington.

All the men had been granted refugee status before being captured and imprisoned at Guantanamo.

Jamil el-Banna, a Jordanian, Libyan-born Omar Deghayes and Abdennour Sameur, an Algerian, will be returning to Britain.

A fourth man, Shaker Abdur-Raheem Aamer, will be sent to his native Saudi Arabia.

Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian national, is expected to remain at the prison camp.

Shadow security minister Dame Pauline Neville Jones has warned that reassurances over their release would be needed, because the men were still regarded as suspects by the US authorities.

"The Government needs to tell us what they will do next," she said. "In particular they need to tell us if these people, whom the Pentagon describe as 'dangerous', are going to be released when they get back to Britain."

But the Foreign Office has declined to confirm that an agreement has been reached, or say how the detainees will be handled if they do return to Britain.

The Pentagon would not comment on the negotiations.

Lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, who represents the detainees, said "I am sure they will be briefly questioned, but equally sure they will be released. There is no reason to detain them.

"If people are concerned about any of them, be my guest, investigate them, charge them if you want, give them a fair trial, and at the end of any fair trial they will be acquitted because they are not a threat to Britain in any way."

A Home Office spokeswoman insisted the Government was "fully committed" to protecting British national security.

"It would be inappropriate to comment on any individual security measures that may be necessary," she said.

"Should individuals be returned to the UK, the same security considerations would apply to them as would apply to any other foreign national in this country."

In July, Gordon Brown requested that the Americans release the men, who have all previously lived in Britain.

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hang on, stop a minute, hold those horses, the question needs to be asked, what on earth is going on, ding dong, time out, why on earth do we want these four people back, we must be crackers, the four of them are only BRITISH RESIDENTS. they were all picked up in the middle east, (the Stan) cough cough, and here is the question why inst their GOVERNMNETS, Jordan, Liyba, Algeria asking for their release after all they are their Citizens and not the UKs, potpourri, are we the only country who wants these dangerous people, who else would take them, has a nation we are simply losing the plot and i mean that,

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hang on, stop a minute, hold those horses, the question needs to be asked, what on earth is going on, ding dong, time out, why on earth do we want these four people back, we must be crackers, the four of them are only BRITISH RESIDENTS. they were all picked up in the middle east, (the Stan) cough cough, and here is the question why inst their GOVERNMNETS, Jordan, Liyba, Algeria asking for their release after all they are their Citizens and not the UKs, potpourri, are we the only country who wants these dangerous people, who else would take them, has a nation we are simply losing the plot and i mean that,

Well, WE don't really KNOW how dangerous they are. But I'm sure the U.S and British government have a fair idea.

You would think MI5 would be keeping a very close eye on them if they actually thought they were any sort of risk.

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Are Gitmo detainees dangerous?

This is really a question without a definitive answer. It all realistically boils down to a number of factors and the individual, also the word dangerous should be defined a little more clearly.

Some people who go were dangerous before they ended up there and should be detained indefinitely. However a lot of people who ended up there weren't dangerous but may very well be now after years of abuse. I think the only real way we can find out if these people pose significant risk to the public from which ever countries they are from would be through full psych evaluations to see the extent of if any psychological damage these people may have sustained.

The real question is who these people could be dangerous too if anyone at all? Dangerous as a word is subjective, would some of these people become dangerous politically as they would most certainly get media attention and expose the horrors of such a place or would they themselves become violent and turn into what their captors accused them of.

These people need to clearly be evaluated on a case by case basis with nothing overlooked, Most of the innocent ones in my opinion would likely sue and major monetary settlements would have to be played.

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Ah crap... we don't want them back. No really...

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Remember as well, these people, were British Residents only, they come to our country under the cover status of refugees, yet instead of staying away from the countries they fled in terror for the safe shores of the UK, the next minute their back in the middle east in Afghanistan, now what on earth is going on, if they get released they should be deported back to their contries where they have citizen status, and im sure once they arrive back there they'll be fine, we have a number of left wing do-gooders ready to take up their fight of human rights,........

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im sure once they arrive back there they'll be fine, we have a number of left wing do-gooders ready to take up their fight of human rights,........

Yeah, once again you're right; just check out their Lawyer...

One Clive Stafford Smith...

Lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, who represents the detainees,

:lol: What a self-righteous, 'right-on', smug liberal.

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Here he is, dressed as a Guanto prisoner:rolleyes: , at some protest demo (bothered which one)

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