The newly revealed assessments, obtained last year by the groupWikiLeaksand provided by another source to The Times, have revived the dispute, nearly as old as the prison, over whether mistreatment of some prisoners there and the prison’s operation outside the criminal justice system invalidate the government’s conclusions about the detainees.
Hina Shamsi, director of the national security project at theAmerican Civil Liberties Union, said the assessments “are rife with uncorroborated evidence, information obtained through torture, speculation, errors and allegations that have been proven false.
imagine a world wherein we could trust what our government tells us about foreign affairs, criminal justice, and torturing people (or better yet a world wherein our government didn’t torture people). Because seriously, no matter what information or “proof” comes out of guantanamo, so many of us will think it’s bullshit. and it probably will be. I’m not saying we should simply and blindly trust claims like
“The notion that he ever did anything that justified his detention, or ever was or is any kind of threat to the United States, is preposterous,” Mr. Remes said. “He is a 63-year-old man with a serious heart condition and severe diabetes, and he has been nothing but cooperative with the authorities.”
But the fact that we, as american citizens, have absolutely no idea what our government does is frightening. Imagine a world where candidates running for political office are held accountable to their campaign promises (and if our government was held accountable to it’s people), like, say, when Obama said he’d close Guantanamo…
Mr. Carney said the president remained committed to closing the Guantánamo prison someday. But Mr. Obama’s review identified about 50 detainees his advisers said could not be tried and were too dangerous to release, and Congress has imposed restrictions on bringing prisoners to the United States.
“some day”. Hah. And of course they cannot bring them to US prisons, they’re already filled to the max with something like, 25% of our population as our legislators (both state and federal) continue to criminalize us for outlandish things.
With the Legislative session coming to a close and the prospects of 2012 campaigns looming I just can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the fact that all of it is bullshit.