by David Cole, The Nation

On January 11 it will have been a decade since the first of the men we once called “the worst of the worst” were brought to Guantánamo Bay, a location handpicked by the Bush administration so that it could detain and interrogate terror suspects far from the prying eyes of the law. In the intervening years much has improved at this remote US-controlled enclave in Cuba. Allegations of ongoing torture have ceased; the detainees have access to lawyers and court review; and more than 600 of the 779 men once held there have been released.

But in another way, Guantánamo is a deeper problem today than it ever was. No longer a temporary exception, it has become a permanent fixture in our national firmament. And although at one time we could blame President George W. Bush’s unilateral assertions of unchecked executive power for the abuses there, the continuing problem that is Guantánamo today is shared by all three government branches, and ultimately by all Americans. With President Obama’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on New Year’s Eve, the prison is sure to be with us—and its prisoners sure to continue in their legal limbo—for the indefinite future.

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One thought on “HUMAN RIGHTS: Guantanamo – Ten years and counting

  1. Christ knows – they keep prisoners nearly forever without evidence or charges ….then let them go home 1 Men traumatized through psychological & physical torture – men who have seen friends & sometimes fellow combatants commit suicide at rates never before seen in prisoner of war camps _ then the Pentagon complains when set free finally – these Muslim men take up arms against their former jailers 1 What Hokum !

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