Monday, May 02, 2011

The Gitmo files

Last week, the White House released the president's birth certificate (again). The media lemmings, who truly are obsessed with carnival barkers and circus clowns, eagerly lapped it up. But the White House's timing was quite convenient, designed to distract people from another Wikileaks' release, this time on the contr kidnapee camp at Guantanamo Bay.

The UK Guardian reported on some of the revelations.

Among the discoveries:

-The US 'relied heavily' on information obtained via torture

-A large number of detainees previously labeled 'high risk' have been released from the camp

-Links to the Pakistani intelligence service were treated the same as links to organizations like al-Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah.

The paper also described a situation where many of the detainees were merely low-level criminals or completely innocent of any crime at all.

One man was transferred to the facility "because he was a mullah, who led prayers at Manu mosque in Kandahar province, Afghanistan … which placed him in a position to have special knowledge of the Taliban". US authorities eventually released him after more than a year's captivity, deciding he had no intelligence value.

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".

The files also reveal that an al-Jazeera journalist was held at Guantánamo for six years, partly in order to be interrogated about the Arabic news network.

The Pentagon's reaction was to brush aside the sheer obscenity of Gitmo and berate Wikileaks for revealing the truth of that obscenity.

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