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    Former State Department Official: Team Bush Knew Many at Gitmo Were Innocent

    With the Bush Administration's legacy being revisited, it's worth taking another look at a story that surfaced a couple of years ago and was, for reasons I don't understand, immediately forgotten.Retired Colonel Lawrence B. Wilkerson, who served the Bush Administration as a senior official in the State Department with access to classified documents and the most senior White House officials, was willing to testify, and formally declared under penalty of perjury, that many of the prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay were taken into custody "without regard for whether they were truly enemy combatants, or in fact whether many of them were enemies at all."
    His declaration, filed in the spring of 2010 in a D.C. federal court, asserted that "of the initial 742 detainees that had arrived at Guantánamo, the majority of them had never seen a U.S. soldier in the process of their initial detention and their captivity had not been subjected to any meaningful review."
    He proceeded to list some of the reasons that the Bush Administration had failed to release the innocent prisoners:


    • It was judged to be politically impossible.


    • Vice President Cheney took the position that the ends justify the means, he "had absolutely no concern that the vast majority of Guantanamo detainees were innocent," and he seemed to believe that "if hundreds of innocent individuals had to suffer in order to detain a handful of hardcore terrorists, so be it. That seemed to be the philosophy that ruled the vice president's office."


    • Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld believed that "innocent people languishing in Guantanamo for years was justified by the broader War on Terror."

    Wilkerson also asserted that his investigation into the Abu Ghraib prison concluded that 50 to 60 percent of the men imprisoned there were probably innocent, having been swept into custody by an overwhelmed military that wasn't given the resources it required by Team Bush.


    Read more @: Former State Department Official: Team Bush Knew Many at Gitmo Were Innocent - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic



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    Re: Former State Department Official: Team Bush Knew Many at Gitmo Were Innocent

    If this is true then why does OBAMA still hold them?

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    Re: Former State Department Official: Team Bush Knew Many at Gitmo Were Innocent

    Quote Originally Posted by penn1954 View Post
    If this is true then why does OBAMA still hold them?
    Because Obama has continued the Bush doctrine foreign policy.


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    Re: Former State Department Official: Team Bush Knew Many at Gitmo Were Innocent

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Because Obama has continued the Bush doctrine foreign policy.
    Good point. Thanks.

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    Re: Former State Department Official: Team Bush Knew Many at Gitmo Were Innocent

    Quote Originally Posted by penn1954 View Post
    If this is true then why does OBAMA still hold them?
    Hey! You can't say that! Obama is PERFECT, he has done nothing wrong, EVER! Take it back!

    It is noted this is put out about Bush, but no reference to the fact that the person allegedly holding innocents is, uh, OBAMA. And what did he know about Bengazhi and the gun running program?

    Never mind that stuff, Bush and Cheney are evil!


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    Re: Former State Department Official: Team Bush Knew Many at Gitmo Were Innocent

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    Hey! You can't say that! because it blows my inane delusion about what everyone who disagrees with me believes about Obama. To wit:

    Obama is PERFECT, he has done nothing wrong, EVER! Take it back!
    Fixed that for you
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    Re: Former State Department Official: Team Bush Knew Many at Gitmo Were Innocent

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    Hey! You can't say that! Obama is PERFECT, he has done nothing wrong, EVER! Take it back!

    It is noted this is put out about Bush, but no reference to the fact that the person allegedly holding innocents is, uh, OBAMA. And what did he know about Bengazhi and the gun running program?

    Never mind that stuff, Bush and Cheney are evil!


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    Re: Former State Department Official: Team Bush Knew Many at Gitmo Were Innocent

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Irrelevant. You started the whole thread to complain about someone that is not president and didn't bother to bring up the person that IS president that is doing the same thing.
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    Re: Former State Department Official: Team Bush Knew Many at Gitmo Were Innocent


    Your title and the article don't mesh.

    Also, there are undoubtedly some innocent people in US prisons... should we get rid of the prisons?

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    Re: Former State Department Official: Team Bush Knew Many at Gitmo Were Innocent

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    Irrelevant. You started the whole thread to complain about someone that is not president and didn't bother to bring up the person that IS president that is doing the same thing.
    Did you read the whole article: "Holding prisoners even after their innocence is known, as President Obama and the present Congress are doing even today, is a moral abomination, and completely contrary to the philosophy of the American framers, who believed that humans were endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. "


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