Saturday, April 22, 2006


Here, we discover a terrible lapse in national security. The Bush administration has cleared some 30% of the inmates of the Guantanemo prison for release!

Now, we know that these are dangerous terrorists, the worst of the worst, captured on the battlefield, so there is no reason to ask stupid, treasonous questions like "do all of these people deserve to be locked up, and given no recourse to challenge their detention?

So why is the Bush administration allowing this travesty of justice?

Unless... I mean... gosh.

What a horrifying thought.

Does this mean that the Bush administration lied to us about these captives? They weren't all the worst of the worst? We should have been concerned about how they were treated? They should have had the ability to challenge their detentions? Their families and friends deserved to know what had happened to them?


Either the Bush administration has to confess to a truly noxious set of lies to defend an indefensible human rights violation for these people.

Or, they're set to release a bunch of the worst of the worst back into the world.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Battlefield captures...

One of the myths of Guantanemo is that the people are the worst of the worst. They are frequently described as "battlefield captives."

Of course, this entire notion falls apart on closer examination. The reason that the people at Guantanemo aren't given POW status is that they weren't enemy soldiers wearing a distinctive uniform, fighting honorably on the battlefield. They were sneaky terrorists who hid their indentities. They couldn't both be clearly identifiable as "the bad guys" and be battlefield captives who are undeserving of Geneva Conventions protections because they operate in secrecy.

Here, we see that it's not merely misleading to say that they are battlefield captives; it's flat out untrue. People have been placed in Guantanemo without having been anywhere near the battlefield.

Now, however necessary having a place like Guantanemo might be in theory, when dealing with a shadow war against al Quaeda, the Bush administration has once again been shown to have lied about important aspects of it.

How can they be trusted, after so many mis-steps, and so many lies?

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