Professor Yin in Bloomberg Businessweek on future of Guantanamo Bay
December 08, 2014
Professor Yin provided commentary and speculation in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article about the future of the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following the release of six more detainees.
“The release of six prisoners from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, this past weekend was the largest transfer out of the offshore jail in five years.
It was also a signal that President Barack Obama is still working to fulfill a campaign promise to close the prison almost six years after he took office. Whether he can find placements for the 136 detainees left remains an open question.
Fewer than two dozen of those remaining are deemed dangerous terrorist leaders, analysts say, but those hardened few pose the toughest challenge to shuttering the prison.
“We aren’t going to release those guys, but we aren’t going to prosecute them in court either,” said Tung Yin, a law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, who has written about the dilemma. “All of the low-hanging fruit has already been picked over.”