At Gitmo, the Wait Goes On

Detainees in limbo

Since last summer, the Pentagon has been conducting reviews of each of the 567 post-9/11 detainees being held at the U.S. naval base in Guant??namo Bay to determine whether they should continue to be designated "enemy combatants"--and thus subject to indefinite detention during wartime. U.S. officials tell TIME the tribunals have recommended that more than 36 of these detainees be reclassified as "nonenemy combatants"--in other words, free to go.

Yet even for those detainees ostensibly cleared, the wait goes on. Only one of them has been released thus far, the officials tell TIME, and just two more are cleared to depart....

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