The Whisper Factory: The Illogic of Guantanamo

Abby Zimet
More from the New Yorker's Amy Davidson on what we learn from Wikileaks' Guantanamo files - the illogical, illegal and often absurdist reasons many were held there - Casio wristwatch, anyone? - the indefensible mission creep they represent, and Obama's responsibility therein. Dismaying.

"And so we sacrificed our values and our moral standing for goals that were increasingly—vanishingly—distant from the ones we had been told were so urgent; or for no real reason at all... Obama never effectively challenged the image of Guantánamo as a sort of Phantom Zone of super villains, rather than the humiliating hodgepodge it is."

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