Originally Posted by Web Rider
Only as damaging as it is to the prison system when a newly released inmate commits a crime again. More damaging I suppose because Gitmo is a one-of-a-kind thing. If we actually tired them and give them a real charge, this argument might go somewhere, but the "you're in prison 'cause we said so, suck it." argument the government has been using isn't exactly going to move anyone towards any sort of in or out.
Not really comparable. The prison system is completely different, and the trials let enough people out before they hit that that tends to draw more attention. However, if we do put those in Gitmo on trial and release some that we really have no reason besides some odd ball justification, you know everyone that supports Gitmo will be watching very closely. There isn't nearly as much attention being paid to prisons, or ex cons. I just don't see Obama taking that risk. At least not in his first term.