George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld covered up that hundreds of innocent men were sent to the Guantánamo Bay prison camp because they feared that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq and the broader War on Terror, according to a new document obtained by The Times.
The accusations were made by Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to Colin Powell, the former Republican Secretary of State, in a signed declaration to support a lawsuit filed by a Guantánamo detainee. It is the first time that such allegations have been made by a senior member of the Bush Administration.
Expect Sean Hannity to start shouting something along the lines of, “How many innocent people are still being held in Gitmo by the war criminals in the Obama administration?”
This is the nature of the problem Obama now must deal with.
Can’t just open the doors. That would entail letting at least SOME very dangerous people go free who deserve to be locked up.
They have to have trials..hearings. The evidence, much of it now tainted by the torture employed to get it, must be sorted through.
It would be nice if there were some magical, or even efficient way to identify the innocent, compensate the poor bastards and send them home, but there isn’t.
This is just another…and one of the uglier…bits of cocked up shit left behind by the Constitution shredding fuckwits Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al.
That they were indiscriminately locking up anyone they could lay hands on was clear from the outset, but to learn that they KNEW many of them were innocent…
These motherfuckers ought to be dragged off to the Hague, tried and damn well HANGED.
Just considering the charges…off the top of my head: Kidnapping, torture, obstruction of justice, false arrest, false imprisonment…
Toss in the cases of illegal rendition to countries where detainees were brutally tortured and murdered, presuming there’s some overlap with the innocent bastards, and you can add murder and accessory to murder to the list.
Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes are not out of the question, and the fact that they KNEW many of these men were completely innocent is a severely aggravating element. That they knew and failed to act in order to prop up their argument for war, which was ITSELF already based on cherry picked intelligence and lies only makes it worse, if such a thing could be possible.