Obama tries to resettle Gitmo Uighurs in Australia
The United States has made a new request for Australia to accept a group of detainees from Guantanamo Bay for resettlement, a government spokeswoman said on Saturday.
The request is the first by President Barack Obama's administration, which plans to close down the detention camp in Cuba within the next year.
Always nice to see the administration thinking outside the box, and not simply repeating what Bush did.
Media reports have said the request involves a group of Uighurs from China's largely Muslim western province of Xinjiang. Beijing has reportedly been pressing Washington to return them to China, but U.S. officials have expressed concerns about their likely treatment there.
And here's the beauty part:
Those in the group in question have been cleared by U.S. authorities of involvement in terrorism, she said.
Say, I don't know if anybody thought to ask them if they'd like to stay in the United States? Might as well make the offer out of common fairness and decency, and as some sort of reparation, eh?
NOTE And what's with the Australians? They all started out as prisoners anyhow, so what's a few more, especially when they're ours?