A compelling piece by Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, on the incompetence, illegality and ultimate pointlessness – no actionable intelligence – that is Guantanamo. A true accounting of the abuses there, he says, is crucial.
Wilkerson offers a litany of horrors, from lack of battlefield vetting in Afghanistan to political manipulation and fear-mongering to a bizarre "mosaic" intelligence philosophy used to hold scores of people with little or no evidence against them. It held that, "It did not matter if a detainee were innocent. Indeed, because he lived in Afghanistan and was captured on or near the
battle area, he must know something of importance."
"When – and if – the truths about the detainees at Guantanamo Bay will
be revealed in the way they should be, or Congress will step up and
shoulder some of the blame, or the new Obama administration will have
the courage to follow through substantially on its campaign promises
with respect to GITMO, torture and the like, remains indeed to be seen."
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"On that revelation and those actions rests much of the credibility
of our nation's return to sobriety and our truest values. In fact, on
such positive developments may ultimately rest our entire future as a