Pelosi: Gitmo Detainees Could Be Sent Home or To a Third Country

By Jennifer Parker

Jan 25, 2009 9:10am

During our exclusive "This Week" interview, I asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the longest serving House member on the intelligence committee, about the possibility that Guantanamo Bay detainees could be released in the United States, as some Democratic members have called for.

Pelosi said detainees could be sent to their home country or a third country.

"I don’t even know that that is a possibility. If a detainee — using the standards that the president is putting forth, reviewing why they are there, how they got there in the first place, I think there is — I know that there is provision for sending them home or to another country," she said.

"There are all kinds of options. But I think you have to take the first step to say, who are these people? Why are they here? Should they be freed and sent home? Should they be prosecuted? Do we not have enough evidence to prosecute them? And in what courts are they prosecuted, a military court, a civilian court?" Pelosi said.

"They’re going to look at every case," she said, "There’s no data as to who — why these people are there and what their record is and the rest. After he goes through that, he may end up with not that many people left, and then make a judgment as to where — how you proceed to prosecute these people or where they are kept in the meantime. But that’s why it takes time to close Guantanamo. You can’t just go down there today and say, everybody out and lock the door. They’re going to review the cases, narrow it down, and then go from there."

–George Stephanopoulos

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