Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Concentration Camp

How is Guantanamo any different than the cages of the past that were used to herd the expendables?
More than half of the terror suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay have not been accused of committing hostile acts against the United States or its allies, two of the detainees' lawyers said in a report released Tuesday.

Compiled from declassified Defense Department evaluations of the more than 500 detainees at the Cuba facility, the report says just 8 percent are listed as fighters for a terrorist group, while 30 percent are considered members of a terrorist group and the remaining 60 percent were just "associated with" terrorists. [snip]

According to the report, 55 percent of the detainees are informally accused of committing a hostile act. But the descriptions of their actions ranged from a high-ranking Taliban member who tortured and killed Afghan natives to people who possessed rifles, used a guest house or wore olive drab clothing.

The report also found that about one-third of the detainees were linked to al-Qaida; 22 percent to the Taliban; 28 percent to both; and 7 percent to either one or the other, but not specified. (emphasis mine)

Terrorists or not, the vast majority of detainees have not been shown due process under the law. What is the Bush War Council waiting for? If they are completely confident that they have terrorists in their custody, then let the Gitmo prisoners be prosecuted through our justice system.

George's War on TerrorTM can't last forever, but if the warmongers and their enablers have their way, these human beings will be left in their cages until they rot. It's the necon version of having "freedom on the march."

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