There seems to be some inconsistencies in policy here. CIA Director Leon Panetta said Wednesday that if Osama bin Laden were to be captured, he would probably be sent to the prison at Guantanamo Bay—while the White House said Wednesday that President Obama remains committed to closing the prison. But this leads to even more questions: Panetta’s comments suggest that President Obama would be forced to use George W. Bush’s policy of not trying the Guantanamo Bay prisoners, although Obama has criticized it. The questions surrounding what to do about bin Laden bounced back and forth between Congress and the president Wednesday, underscoring the uncertainty of the country’s terrorism policy. Of course, the question remains hypothetical, as there is no indication the CIA is any closer to catching bin Laden, who is believed to be hiding in Pakistan.
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