Sunday, April 25, 2010

2 detainees, 1 freed, 1 still in Gitmo, and 1 very, very dedicated attorney

If you get the chance, listen to this interview with Candace Gordon, attorney to two Gitmo detainees, 1 of whom has been recently released ...to Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia:

http://thestory.org/archive/the_story_1018_Al_Ghizzani.mp3

Only the first 15 min or so contains the interview with Gordon.

Before leaving Gitmo, Mr. Al-Ghizzawi (who had never been charged with any offense and who was cleared for release years ago) was asked to sign a document admitting that he had conspired against the US (fortunately, he had been forewarned by his attorney and he refused to sign), and he was transported shackled and wearing blinders to his unknown destination, which turned out to be the Republic of Georgia.

Gordon's blog:

http://gtmoblog.blogspot.com/


"I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
--The New Colossus

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Praying

A Friend just shared this poem with me this morning after meeting for worship. I think I'll find prayer a bit easier from now on...


Praying

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Guantánamo Prisoners were Known to be Innocent

I woke up this morning to read this astounding report in the Times of London. Someone --besides several Judge Advocates General, besides several military prosecutors, besides a hundred valiant attorneys, besides the Physicians for Human Rights, besides Amnesty International, besides the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, besides a no-account like me-- someone highly placed in the last administration finally signed an affidavit to the Truth.

Colonel Wilkerson, who was General Powell’s chief of staff when he ran the State Department, was most critical of Mr Cheney and Mr Rumsfeld. He claimed that the former Vice-President and Defence Secretary knew that the majority of the initial 742 detainees sent to Guantánamo in 2002 were innocent but believed that it was “politically impossible to release them”....
 Colonel Wilkerson, a long-time critic of the Bush Administration’s approach to counter-terrorism and the war in Iraq, claimed that the majority of detainees — children as young as 12 and men as old as 93, he said — never saw a US soldier when they were captured. He said that many were turned over by Afghans and Pakistanis for up to $5,000. Little or no evidence was produced as to why they had been taken."
[Wilkerson describing then v-p Cheney's policy decision:] "If hundreds of innocent individuals had to suffer in order to detain a handful of hardcore terrorists, so be it.”


  Perhaps the Truth will finally make us all free...