Friday, January 11, 2008

Daily Kos blogspot comments on Guantanamo Bay.

"The so-called Seton Hall University School of Law study, A Profile of 517 Detainees through Analysis of Department of Defense Data by Professor Mark Denbeaux and Attorney Joshua Denbeaux found that:
"Fifty-five percent (55%) of the detainees are not determined to have committed any hostile acts against the United States or its coalition allies.
"Only 8% of the detainees were characterized as al Qaeda fighters. Of the remaining detainees, 40% have no definitive connection with al Qaeda at all and 18% are have no definitive affiliation with either al Qaeda or the Taliban.
"The Government has detained numerous persons based on mere affiliations with a large number of groups that in fact, are not on the Department of Homeland Security terrorist watchlist. Moreover, the nexus between such a detainee and such organizations varies considerably. Eight percent are detained because they are deemed "fighters for;" 30% considered "members of;" a large majority – 60% -- are detained merely because they are "associated with" a group or groups the Government asserts are terrorist organizations. For 2% of the prisoners their nexus to any terrorist group is unidentified.
"Only 5% of the detainees were captured by United States forces. 86% of the detainees were arrested by either Pakistan or the Northern Alliance and turned over to United States custody. This 86% of the detainees captured by Pakistan or the Northern Alliance were handed over to the United States at a time in which the United States offered large bounties for capture of suspected enemies.
"This past May Sen. Tom Harkin introduced the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility Closure Act of 2007 and was joined by six Democrats, including Joe Biden and Christopher Dodd. On June 29, 2007, 145 members of the House of Reps sent a letter to Mister Bush urging him to close Guantánamo. Only one Republican signed that letter, Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina.
"Every one of the Democratic presidential candidates has called for the closing of Guantánamo. So has Republican Senator John McCain, and, no surprise, Representative Ron Paul. Governor Mitt Romney, on the other hand, says: "My view is, we ought to double Guantanamo," and "The food down there is unbelievable." Governor Mike Huckabee says, "If anything, it's too nice" * * *"
It's time to Ditch Mitch and Hal, and close Guantanamo detainee prison camp. Kudos to the Democrats, former POW John McCain, and anti-war Republican Ron Paul for calling for the closing of the Guantanamo detainee camp.

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