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The US military dossiers, obtained by the New York Times and the Guardian, reveal how, alongside the so-called "worst of the worst", many prisoners were flown to the Guantánamo cages and held captive for years on the flimsiest grounds, or on the basis of lurid confessions extracted by maltreatment.
The 759 Guantánamo files, classified "secret", cover almost every inmate since the camp was opened in 2002. More than two years after President Obama ordered the closure of the prison, 172 are still held there.
The range of those still held captive includes detainees who have been admittedly tortured so badly they can never be successfully tried, informers who must be protected from reprisals, and a group of Chinese Muslims from the Uighur minority who have nowhere to go.
The files depict a system often focused less on containing dangerous terrorists or enemy fighters, than on extracting intelligence. Among inmates who proved harmless were an 89-year-old Afghan villager, suffering from senile dementia, and a 14-year-old boy who had been an innocent kidnap victim.
The old man was transported to Cuba to interrogate him about "suspicious phone numbers" found in his compound. The 14-year-old was shipped out merely because of "his possible knowledge of Taliban...local leaders"
Another prisoner was shipped to the base "because of his general knowledge of activities in the areas of Khowst and Kabul based as a result of his frequent travels through the region as a taxi driver".
Originally posted by badw0lf
I don't remember many cases of this being public, except that arse terrorist david hicks. Yes he was guilty as hell. should have died there imo, that loser should not get a cent in public funds for his new so called book.
edit on 25/4/2011 by badw0lf because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by PsykoOps
They've got balls to report this. After the whole wikileaks witch hunt I was expecting all the major outlets to play nice with the government.
Originally posted by awakenone
The ones that are left behind are extraterestrials....same as the 14 year old boy. What are the threat you ask? Its because the advance knowledge they posses..
Originally posted by Vicky32
No, he wasn't guilty... you've swallowed the propaganda!
Guilty of what, anyway? You Americans
Originally posted by badw0lf
Yeah, good old david...
That propaganda almost got me, crikey!
But your 'You Americans' bit here stopped me from bothering to facilitate your glossing over any more posts of mine, since you lack the ability to even see beyond the thinnest layers.
David hicks is a sod and should never have been released. He went to fertile war grounds for fame. And he got it.