Victims of Guantanamo
By Will Hardiker
ccun.org, January 25, 2009
In a parting comment in
defence of Guantanamo Bay, former President George W Bush warned that
those detained (untried and in legal no-mans
land) were "a bunch of
cold blooded killers".
For any number of reasons ranging from
the abuse of basic human rights to torture, it is worth noting exactly
how the majority of "enemy combatants" happened to end up in Bush's "Gitmo"
In the early years of "the war on terror" the US air-dropped
leaflets throughout Afghanistan offering twenty five thousand dollar
plus bounty's or rewards for information leading to the capture of al-quiada
operatives and other such 'enemy combatants'.
under the US freedom of information act, reveals that 85% of Guantanamo
detainees were in fact captured and handed to the US military by
regional Afghani warlords and Pakistani special forces.
cynical exercise devised to exploit the baser side of human nature for
blatant political reasons.
Afghan-American defence lawyer
Mahvish Khan worked as an interpreter at Guantanamo and interviewed many
detainees. She subsequently travelled to Afghanistan to investigate
individual claims. Her conclusion was that "many, if not most" of those
captured were in fact innocent victims.
Taking into account such
considered, objective and impartial information whilst recognizing the
relentless propaganda that drove "the war on terrorism", leaves little
room for doubt that Guantanamo Bay prison constituted extremely
serious abuses of human rights by a nation extolled for thier
Given that Australia supported the establishment and
operation of this draconian institution and one assumes now joins the
new US administration in condemming and closing down, it is not fitting
that it also make reparation and agree to all requests to re-settle any
Will Hardiker lives in Australia.
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