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...

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