Point by point, clearing the hype and disinformation on Guantanamo. In this analysis, the Americans are the good guys.
After the 2011 Wikileaks stolen-data dump was first shared with European and American news media, most of those media outlets included something on innocent detainees. The Guardian uses the phrase “many of them Afghan farmers.” The BBC writes: “At least 150 people were revealed to be innocent Afghans or Pakistanis — including drivers, farmers and chefs — rounded up during intelligence gathering operations in the aftermath of 9/11.”
A senile old man was among those “rounded up” in an “intelligence sweep” and sent to Guantanamo. Was he held there for endless years? No. He was checked out and released after four months.
The chief complaint about Guantanamo today is indefinite detention without trial. That, and the conditions, are what this book is primarily about.
(From the introduction)
A short to-the-point book (10,000 words, not including a substantial appendix).
Revised and updated January 2015
What's supposed to happen in regular wars
The Geneva Conventions
Prisoner of War status
What's legal in this war
Shouldn't there be a declaration of war?
Did the Bush administration ignore the Geneva Conventions?
Did the Bush administration authorize torture?
Stress positions and short shackling
Loud music, heating and air conditioning
What about waterboarding?
Could detainees have any contact with their families?
Didn't the Supreme Court rule that the Geneva Conventions apply?
Why call them “detainees” and “enemy combatants” instead of POWs?
What about competent tribunals, due process, habeas corpus and innocent-until-proved-guilty?
Weren't most detainees innocent bystanders rounded up in an indiscriminate sweep?
Why were so many released without charge?
What we know about the detainees
2005: Appeals Court release of CSRT summaries
759 detainee assessment dossiers written between 2002 and 2009
2009: Lawrence Wilkerson claims there are still innocent men in Guantanamo
Aren't there innocent detainees who are clear for release?
“The Tipton Three”
What about President Obama's plan to close Guantanamo?
How much terror is created by innocent ex-detainees wanting revenge for “torture” in Guantanamo?
Doing your own research