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Powell Calls for Closure of Military Prison at Guantanamo, Says U.S. Should Not Have Invaded Iraq

by Pamela Leavey

Bush’s former secretary of state Colin L. Powell said on “Meet The Press” on Sunday that he “would close down the U.S. military prison for enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, “this afternoon” because it has become a major problem in “the way the world perceives America.””

Powell said, “Essentially, we have shaken the belief that the world had in America’s justice system by keeping a place like Guantanamo open and creating things like a military commission.”

Making it clear that he “would not let any of those people go,” Powell said, “I would simply move them to the United States and put them into our more federal legal system.” He said he sees no problem in detainees having the right of habeas corpus and getting their own lawyers. “Isn’t that what our system is all about?”

Powell was the only member of President Bush’s first-term “war cabinet” who argued against the detainee policies. Those policies said the United States was not obligated to abide by the Geneva Conventions in its treatment of enemy combatants.

The transcript of “Meet The Press” is available here. Think Progress has video here.

Powell also said on “Meet The Press” that the U.S. should not have invaded Iraq. Watch it here:

Which leads to the last Colin Powell bombshell from his “Meet The Press” appearance… Powell has met with Barack Obama twice to advise him on foreign policy and he would state whether he was endorsing a Republican in the ’08 presidential race:

2 Responses to “Powell Calls for Closure of Military Prison at Guantanamo, Says U.S. Should Not Have Invaded Iraq”

  1. […] re was no justification for the war. Here is the video of that part of the interview: H/t Pamela Leavey for the YouTube video. Interestingly enough, when asked which candidate he would support […]

  2. The confession wasn’t enough. I hope he knows that he needs to make amends. I wonder what he has in mind?