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The Guantanamo Blues

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posted on Jun, 15 2006 @ 09:26 PM
The New York Times has put together a very interesting article regarding a former Guantanamo detainee. Although the article leaves more questions unanswered than it answers it does provide a point of reference about this perplexing issue.Apparently we are still to believe that Moazzm Begg is a dangeruos person even though he has been released. What role did Mr. Begg play in The War on Terror? Was he just a bit player or something more?

When President Bush ordered Moazzam Begg's release last year from the Guantánamo prison camp, United States officials say, he did so over objections from the Pentagon, the C.I.A. and the F.B.I. — all of which warned that Mr. Begg could still be a dangerous terrorist.

Human rights groups have hailed his courage. University students have invited him to speak. Journalists have generally taken at face value his claim that he is an innocent man, unlawfully seized and arbitrarily held. After the three suicides at Guantánamo last Saturday, Mr. Begg instantly became a sought-after commentator for British newspaper and television reporters.

The respectful reception for Mr. Begg — whom the Pentagon still portrays as a terrorist — is one of many markers of the waning credibility of Washington's detention policies overseas, and particularly in European countries that are closely allied with the United States in fighting terrorists.

Whether Mr. Begg is the potential threat the Pentagon claims or the harmless man he professes to be cannot be fully resolved from the available evidence. But the mystery makes Mr. Begg one of the more intriguing case studies in the trans-Atlantic divide on detention policy.

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An intereting article that sheds some light on this subject but undoubtably leaves one wishing for more clarity. He doesn't seem bitter about his experience at Guantanamo as one might expect nor did his captors appear to feel any animosity towards him. Just how much involvement in 'terrorism' he had is really unknown. It does seem clear, however, that as a result of his being 'detained' at Hotel Guantanamo he has acquired a certain amount of notoriety. Writing a book and going on the lecture curcuit, being a TV analyist. Did Mr. Begg leave an infamous prison or did he retire from a government job?

[edit on 15-6-2006 by polanksi]


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