Detainee Policy Task Force's Preliminary Report [July 20, 2009]   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is a Preliminary Report in the form a Memorandum for the Attorney General and the Secretary of Defense. "The Detention Policy Task Force has thus far focused much of its work on developing options for the lawful disposition of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. Important questios remain concernionf our policies in the future regarding apprehension, detention, and treatment of suspected terrorists, as part of our broader strategy to defeat al Qaeda and its affiliates. We need to consider in greater depth how our military, intelligence, and law enforcement personnel will best support these activities; how can we work together more effectively to plan and execute these activities; what the rules and boundaries should be for any future detention under the law of war; how we can best reconcile or intelligence-gathering efforts with any such detention; how can we make both federal courts and military commissions more effective for a foe prosecuting terrorists; how international law will apply in this future context; whether to revise our detention policies in Afghanistan in any respect; and how to incorporate reintegration programs into or detention and transfer policies, among other key issues. As it prepares to address this range of issues, the Task Forces submits this preliminary report on two matters-- military commissions and a process for determination of prosecution forum-- on which significant policy decisions have been made."

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