From Pine View Farm

What Happened Over There? 3

McClatchy has been putting together the pieces. (Remember McClatchy: When they were still Knight-Ridder, they got the Iraq War story right.)

This should be good.

From their front page today (there is no separate link for this block of text and it will probably move off the front page at some point):

For more than six years, the United States has held hundreds of men at Guantanamo — “the worst of the worst,” in the words of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. But the truth was different. McClatchy tracked down 66 men released from Guantanamo in the most systematic survey to date of prisoners held there. Many had no connection to terrorism, but their experience turned them against America.

You can see the promotional video here (I didn’t see an “embed” code).



  1. Opie

    June 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Why were they released from Guantanamo?

  2. Frank

    June 13, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    According to what I have read elsewhere (and I don’t have the cite), the only persons released from Gitmo have been released on the say so of the Preznit, who concluded that they didn’t belong there.

    A lot of the folks who got swept up just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Their crime was not being able to speak English to American soldiers who could not speak Arabic.

  3. Opie

    June 14, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Your use of the word "crime" hits upon some of my skepticisms about this situation to start with. This whole idea of our armed forces not being able to conduct war without the enemy having a fair hearing in court first is, to me, fraught with illogic.