America's prison for terrorists often held the wrong men

America's prison for terrorists often held the wrong men

"...But Akhtiar was no terrorist. American troops had dragged him out of his Afghanistan home in 2003 and held him in Guantanamo for three years in the belief that he was an insurgent involved in rocket attacks on U.S. forces. The Islamic radicals in Guantanamo's Camp Four who hissed "infidel" and spat at Akhtiar, however, knew something his captors didn't: The U.S. government had the wrong guy.

"He was not an enemy of the government, he was a friend of the government," a senior Afghan intelligence officer told McClatchy. Akhtiar was imprisoned at Guantanamo on the basis of false information that local anti-government insurgents fed to U.S. troops, he said.

An eight-month McClatchy investigation in 11 countries on three continents has found that Akhtiar was one of dozens of men — and, according to several officials, perhaps hundreds — whom the U.S. has wrongfully imprisoned in Afghanistan, Cuba and elsewhere on the basis of flimsy or fabricated evidence, old personal scores or bounty payments.

McClatchy interviewed 66 released detainees, more than a dozen local officials — primarily in Afghanistan — and U.S. officials with intimate knowledge of the detention program. The investigation also reviewed thousands of pages of U.S. military tribunal documents and other records.

This unprecedented compilation shows that most of the 66 were low-level Taliban grunts, innocent Afghan villagers or ordinary criminals. At least seven had been working for the U.S.-backed Afghan government and had no ties to militants, according to Afghan local officials. In effect, many of the detainees posed no danger to the United States or its allies.

The investigation also found that despite the uncertainty about whom they were holding, U.S. soldiers beat and abused many prisoners..."

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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/detainees/story/38773.html

(video below the fold)

To see what these guys have had to go through on a sometimes daily basis, check out the British doc. "Guantanamo Guidebook"
CAUTION: Nudity and plenty of violence;

Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBKHI1ef3W4

Part 2
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZKz3AY8ii_w

Part 3
http://youtube.com/watch?v=GByKvhYrDH4

Part 4
http://youtube.com/watch?v=t1qzX5mny10

Part 5
http://youtube.com/watch?v=kd74nU0qXJI

An interesting formulation

"The investigation also found that despite the uncertainty about whom they were holding, U.S. soldiers beat and abused many prisoners."

So if they had been certain, beating and abusing would have been more acceptable?

K-Tel Presents Al Kida's Greatest Hits!

Wednesday December 12, 2007

Senator Richard Durbin questions Brigadier General Thomas Hartman about Guantanamo Prisoners and asks him how many terrorists have been convicted. The answer is 1 and that was a plea bargain and the sentence was for nine months.

(5 Minutes - 3 Meg)

http://www.c-span.org


Wednesday December 12, 2007
Caller Asks Air America's Randi Rhodes "Where Are The Terrorists?" And She Says There Are None

(3 Minutes - 2 Meg)

http://www.therandirhodesshow.com/live/


Monday December 3, 2007

ABC Good Morning America Finds Out That Pakistani Kids Believe Osama Works For The CIA

(2 Minutes - 1.75 Meg)

http://abcnews.go.com/gma


Wednesday March 12, 2008

One of Sandy Berger's greatest Freudian slips enhanced with classic spy music for your listening pleasure

(2 Minutes - 1.68 Meg)

http://www.gunsandbutter.net

America's prison for

America's prison for terrorists often held the wrong men

Of course it does.

As long as Cheney-Bush & Co aren't in it............

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