Mukasey Worries About Detainees Radicalizing Others


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Detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay who are brought to prisons in the United States aren't going to escape, former attorney general Michael Mukasey told NPR's Ari Shapiro a short time ago.

That issue, "is a red herring," Mukasey said.

Instead, he worries more about the potential those detainees have to "radicalize others ... communicate with others" and burden the U.S. justice system.

The conversation is Mukasey's first with a reporter since the Bush administration's time ran out in January. Ari's report on the debate over what to do with the detainees is due on All Things Considered this afternoon. Click here to find an NPR station near you.

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Earlier today, President Obama and former vice president Dick Cheney presented very different views on what should be done with the detainees and how to prosecute the war on terrorism.



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