posted on Feb, 23 2006 @ 07:51 PM
The Pentagon has agreed to abide by a New York Federal judge's ruling and release the names of the enemy combatants being held in Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba. The government had previously argued it could not release the names without violating the right to privacy enjoyed by the detainees, but the
line of argument fell flat, and now the Department of Defense has said it intends to comply with the ruling. The names are just a small portion of
the information ordered released, also included are court transcripts and other assorted documents related to processing inmates at the facility.
A federal judge ordered the Pentagon on Thursday to release the identities of hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to The Associated Press. The
move would force the government to break its secrecy and reveal the most comprehensive list yet of those who have been imprisoned there.
Some of the hundreds of detainees in the war on terror being held at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been held as long as four
years. Only a handful have been officially identified.
U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff in New York ordered the Defense Department to release uncensored transcripts of detainee hearings, which contain the
names of detainees in custody and those who have been held and later released. Previously released documents have had identities and other details
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Big news, to say the least.
What remains to be seen is whether this is just a stall tactic to turn the heat down. It's been fairly common knowledge that the purpose of Gitmo
was to turn enemy combatants to compensate for the lack of intelligence on the ground in the region. Presumably that process has run its course, and
that's why the government's attitude towards transparency is changing.
Of course, even if they release the documents, what's to say everything was released? What's to say the real documents were released? A little
skillfull editing was probably used to take the edge off, at least, wouldn't that be a distinct possibility? In any case, progress is being made to
seeing justice done, and that's a good thing.
[edit on 27-2-2006 by asala]