The Supreme Court’s decision in Boumediene is looking better and better:
A CIA analyst warned the Bush administration in 2002 that up to a third of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay may have been imprisoned by mistake, but White House officials ignored the finding and insisted that all were “enemy combatants” subject to indefinite incarceration, according to a new book critical of the administration’s terrorism policies.
The CIA assessment directly challenged the administration’s claim that the detainees were all hardened terrorists — the “worst of the worst,” as then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at the time. But a top aide to Vice President Cheney shrugged off the report and squashed proposals for a quick review of the detainees’ cases, author Jane Mayer writes in “The Dark Side,” scheduled for release next week.
“There will be no review,” the book quotes Cheney staff director David Addington as saying. “The president has determined that they are ALL enemy combatants. We are not going to revisit it.”
This is why the Bush administration’s “just trust us, they’re guilty” approach to Gitmo isn’t acceptable. We now know that a huge percentage of Guantanamo detainees were innocent. And in the first case in which a detainee did manage to get a federal court to weigh the government’s evidence against him, the Bush administration was smacked down in a ruling that bordered on ridicule.