Guantanamo: A former prosecutor’s solution to an ‘unsolvable problem’
There’s no simple way to close Guantanamo Bay. According to one former prosecutor, political courage may be the key to justice in this case.
When Omar Ashmawy, then a United States Air Force officer, volunteered for the job of prosecuting Guantanamo Bay detainees in 2007, he had high hopes for America’s prospects of dispensing justice.
“I believed in the idea that military tribunals historically have been a way for nation-states to resolve crimes against humanity, and I think terrorism very much qualifies as a crime against humanity,” he says.