The Washington Post details a disturbing case of likely innocence in Guantanamo.
The problem with Guantanamo is not that there may be some innocent people in the prison. It’s that there’s very little evidence at all against the vast majority of people we’re holding there.
If I may indulge, and quote from a short piece I wrote for reason a while back:In May 2003, Guantanamo held 680 prisoners, the highest number to date. About half have since been released. The Bush administration has claimed the prisoners at the camp represent the “worst of the worst” terrorist threats to the U.S. But when the Seton Hall law professor Mark Denbeaux and the defense attorney Joshua Denbeaux analyzed information supplied by the Defense Department, they found that less than half the inmates were determined to have committed a hostile act against the United States or its allies. Only 8 percent are suspected to be Al Qaeda fighters.
Of the 385 still held at Guantanamo, the Pentagon plans to formally charge 60 to 80. To date, just two have been tried by a military tribunal, and only one, Australian David Hicks, has been convicted. He was sentenced to nine months in prison, which he was allowed to serve in Australia.
Worse, those who are cleared and released often then have nowhere to go.
Remember, Mitt Romney wants to “double or triple” the size of Guantanamo. Wonder who he plans to put in there?