Ok, the press is still all over the Cheney shooting accident. But could they possibly tear themselves away from that for a second, and consider the implications of the recent National Journal story that revealed that a large portion of the 500 prisoners held at Guantanamo are being held there in error and that the government knows this. (Recall that Erik Saar suggested exactly this in Inside the Wire.)
Why is this not one of, if not the, biggest stories of the hour? Gitmo is where our leaders decided that the Geneva Convention prohibitions against torture did not apply. It is where Donald Rumsfield first approved his "enhanced interrogation techniques," techniques that have resulted in death at Bagram and Abu Ghraib. How many innocent people has the United States government violated the basic human rights of in our name?
A U.N. Human Rights team just concluded after 18 months of investigation that Gitmo should be shut down for violations that amount to torture.
This is a shame. A horrible shame that has been committed in the name of the American people. How can we tell the world we stand for human rights and then show such this sort of antipathy for what is going on in Guantanamo?
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