Guantanamo: A Cold Sore on the Face of America
Tuesday 11 October 2011
by: Lt. Col. Barry Wingard, Truthout | News Analysis
An Army spokesman in one of the detainee areas in Camp Delta at
Recently, the Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, traveled to the
And now, even more menacing obstacles to justice loom on the horizon in the form of indefinite detention and the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. As a result, time is a luxury Fayiz and Fawzi can no longer afford ... and patient diplomacy is no longer a viable option.
Of the 775 prisoners originally confined under inhumane conditions at GTMO, approximately 600 have been released without being charged with any crime or ever setting foot in a courtroom. Of the remaining 171, another 90 have been cleared for release without trial. This leaves approximately 81 prisoners whose fate remains undecided. Of those, the
Moreover, the United States Congress is currently on the eve of passing the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which, in its present form, recognizes the war on terror as never ending and codifies President Obama's indefinite detention scheme. Perhaps more importantly, however, the proposed NDAA would prohibit the
Consequently, even if Fayiz and Fawzi conclusively prove their innocence, they will nonetheless remain imprisoned at GTMO, because a single Kuwaiti, released without trial by President Bush in 2008, allegedly became a suicide bomber in
Confinement without trial ... and punishment for another man's offense. It is difficult to imagine a scenario less consistent with American ideals.
As a result, I implore the Kuwaiti government not to treat GTMO as just another issue to be resolved through patient diplomacy. The
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