- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 29, 2003

The Pentagon defends the detention at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba of at least three teenagers ages 13 to 15 captured in Afghanistan.
"I would say, despite their age, these are very, very dangerous people," Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday.
"They are people that have been vetted mainly in Afghanistan and gone through a thorough process to determine what their involvement was. Some have killed. Some have stated they're going to kill again."
"So they may be juveniles, but they're not on a Little League team anywhere. They're on a major league team, and it's a terrorist team. And they're in Guantanamo for a very good reason."
The children arrived at Camp Delta in Cuba in recent months and do not have legal representation. Once their age was established, they were separated from other al Qaeda and Taliban suspects.
Officials from the International Committee for the Red Cross have frequently visited Camp Delta and have raised the issue of the children as a "particular concern."



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