Monday, April 25, 2011

The Gitmo Files

The New York Times, the Miami Herald, and The Guardian (UK) have released a lot more details, obtained via WikiLeaks, about the prison and the prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. Basically it tells us much more about the detainees and their treatment there. From the Times:

The secret documents, made available to The New York Times and several other news organizations, reveal that most of the 172 remaining prisoners have been rated as a “high risk” of posing a threat to the United States and its allies if released without adequate rehabilitation and supervision. But they also show that an even larger number of the prisoners who have left Cuba — about a third of the 600 already transferred to other countries — were also designated “high risk” before they were freed or passed to the custody of other governments.

The documents are largely silent about the use of the harsh interrogation tactics at Guantánamo — including sleep deprivation, shackling in stress positions and prolonged exposure to cold temperatures — that drew global condemnation. Several prisoners, though, are portrayed as making up false stories about being subjected to abuse.

The government’s basic allegations against many detainees have long been public, and have often been challenged by prisoners and their lawyers. But the dossiers, prepared under the Bush administration, provide a deeper look at the frightening, if flawed, intelligence that has persuaded the Obama administration, too, that the prison cannot readily be closed.

Despite the alleged best intentions of the Obama administration to close the prison, and notwithstanding the tough-talk/Chicken-Little behavior of Congress, there is no way this is going to end well for anyone.