Monday, April 25, 2011

New WikiLeaks Revelations on Guantanamo Lies

From BBC and Alternet: The argument for Gitmo has always been that it's necessary to house dangerous people. Now, thanks to WikiLeaks, we know that a lot of the people the U.S. put there were not dangerous at all, and the U.S. knew this.
At least 150 people were revealed to be innocent Afghans or Pakistanis - including drivers, farmers and chefs - rounded up during intelligence gathering operations in the aftermath of 9/11.

The detainees were then held for years owing to mistaken identity or because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, the memos say. In many cases, US commanders concluded there was "no reason recorded for transfer".
Sami al-Hajj, a Sudanese cameraman for al-Jazeera, was held for six years, partly so he could be questioned about the Arabic news network
Six years in Gitmo, just to be harassed because you work for a news network.

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