On Guantanamo, symbolism trumps substance

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

03/11/10

President Obama has been so chastened by his failure to meet the pledge of closing Guantanamo prison within a year that Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, is trying to negotiate with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to gain Republican support for doing so. In exchange, Graham wants Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged 9/11 attackers tried using a military tribunal instead of a civilian court and also wants unconstitutional legislation allowing the indefinite detainment of terrorism suspects without trial. Closing Gitmo is designed to revive a tarnished U.S. image abroad rather than being a substantive change in policy, and it now apparently may come at the expense of using unconstitutional and discredited means of holding and trying terrorism suspects...

//www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=2748



Gitmo becomes a gilded cage for informants

MSNBC

03/25/10

By the time Tariq al-Sawah, a veteran of the wars in Bosnia and Afghanistan, reached Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in May 2002, there was no fight left in him. Injured by a cluster bomb in the mountains of Afghanistan, the middle-aged Egyptian was still recovering from wounds to his hands, back, thighs and buttocks when the Americans grabbed him. Three months later, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who had moved in radical circles in Germany, turned up at the U.S. military prison...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Real Americans on 9/11
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The Torture Victim and the Taliban Recruit

Andy Worthington, Truthout: "Such is the hysterical disregard for the law in parts of the United States that when, on March 22, District Court Judge James Robertson ordered the release from Guantanamo of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a 38-year-old Mauritanian who was once described as the 'highest-value detainee at the facility,' Republican lawmakers were in uproar."

//www.truthout.org/guantanamo-and-habeas-corpus-the-torture-victim-and-taliban-recruit58432



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