Innocent in Guantanamo

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

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?

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9 Responses to “Innocent in Guantanamo”

  1. #1 |  Close Guantanamo | 

    Actually in it’s six years of operation, there has not been one completed trial at Guantanamo. Hicks took a plea deal and Khadr’s proceedings are ongoing.

    Six years — zero trials completed.

    That’s why the ACLU is calling for people of conscience to wear orange this Friday, January 11 — the six-year anniversary of Guantanamo Bay. We’re also calling on blogs of conscience to turn their skins orange, to signal their disgust with torture and indefinite detention. Find out more at http://www.aclu.org/closegitmo.

  2. #2 |  Leshrac | 

    After Romney’s *wink wink* regarding people that don’t do the Pavlovian dip whenever “diety x” is mentioned I would suspect that the first question before non-torture begins might be “What god do you believe in”. Bush sure showed us didn’t he, righteous christians of the new millennia can have their crusades and eat them too.

  3. #3 |  Benjamin | 

    Radley, you have a link to your reason piece?

  4. #4 |  Benjamin | 

    sorry…I just saw it. nevermind.

  5. #5 |  Persona non grata | 

    Can you say:

    Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act

    H. R. 1955
    S.1959

  6. #6 |  Paul | 

    Maybe Romney plans to put Libertarians there.

    No one will ever know where we are, and everyone will just assume we decided to be hobos or something.

    I better change my voter registration. Perhaps to ‘subject’.

  7. #7 |  TC | 

    They should have never been brought to Gitmo.

    They should have been held in the ME someplace and handeled there, period PS the End!

    I could be wrong, but it seems most pf them were captured with arms in hand standing against forces? Or if you wish, shooting off their AK’s at Us troops?

    Some were not such of course. But caught up in raids against AQ houses and such.

    Innocent?

    IIRC one of those found to be such, was later killed in a raid against our troops as well.

    I’d let them all go tomorrow, if such were in my power. Personal inflatable, compass, fishing gear, CIAO kids!

  8. #8 |  kopsco | 

    i love how we’re becoming another nazi movement. we practically have the world already, and we’re just blaming anyone and putting them in jail. i used to be a very conservative evangelical christian, and i know, its a very very christian thing to do just blaming anyone and acting as if they were directly the ones to hurt us and putting them through hell. the bush administration gave this country the worst name of any other administration by far.

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