Who were the prisoners of Guantanamo?

March 5, 2009 | By | 3 Replies More

Who were the prisoners of Guantanamo?  Andy Worthington has compiled a four-part series telling us their stories.  Here’s the disturbing bottom line:

[A]t least 93 percent of the 779 men and boys imprisoned in total — were either completely innocent people, seized as a result of dubious intelligence or sold for bounty payments, or Taliban foot soldiers, recruited to fight an inter-Muslim civil war that began long before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and that had nothing to do with al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or international terrorism.

I don’t pretend to know enough to know whether these accounts are totally accurate, but they are filled with details, personal anecdotes, statistics and reports regarding individual court cases.  It has a strong ring of authenticity.   Further, these individual accounts corroborate general accounts produced elsewhere.   I have no reason to disbelieve any part of Andy Worthington’s work.  He is a well-reputed journalist who has published elsewhere, such as this post at Huffington Post.

I am proud to be an American.  America does much right in the world and has the potential to do much more that is admirable.  This account by Andy Worthington, however, describes America at its shameful worst.


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Category: American Culture, Civil Rights, History, ignorance, Law, law and order, Military, Politics, The Middle East, War

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    From Common Dreams:

    Many detainees locked up at Guantanamo were innocent men swept up by U.S. forces unable to distinguish enemies from noncombatants, a former Bush administration official said Thursday. "There are still innocent people there," Lawrence B. Wilkerson, a Republican who was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, told The Associated Press. "Some have been there six or seven years."


  2. Erich Vieth says:

    Who were those prisoners? Many of them merely "lived in the wrong zip code," according to Harry Shearer. Plus, International Red Cross report indicates it WAS torture. Ergo, The Bush Admin is guilty of war crimes.

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