The Bush gulag: Where are the bodies? Press won't ask
Once more let's do some very simple arithmetic:
- We know that we're holding thousands of prisoners (estimates range from 7,000 to 35,000).
- Gitmo holds only 500.
- So, where are the missing thousands? The only alternatives I can think of:
- They've been released
- They're still in jail
- They've been disappeared.
Barring divine intervention, the bodies of the missing thousands occupy time and space in this world. Where are they?
Which door would you choose? (a), released? (b), still in jail? Or (c), disappeared?
Notably, neither comes close to answering the question:
Where are the missing thousands?
In fact, both stories fail to answer the question, both by orders of magnitude.
A year after the first contact, the CIA officer held another meeting with his Italian counterparts, this time sharing a list of more than 10 "dangerous people" the agency was tracking in Italy, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands, according to a deposition from Gen. Gustavo Pignero, another high-ranking Italian military intelligence official. "It was clear that this was an aggressive search project, that their willingness to employ illicit means was clear," Pignero said, adding that the list was later destroyed and he could not recall the names. ... All told, the U.S. agency took part in the seizure of at least 10 European citizens or legal immigrants ...
OK, that's a very ugly story. But they don't answer our question: The numbers are off by two orders of magnitude. There are not 10s, not 100s, but 1000s of human beings who haven't been accounted for. Where are they?
But through interviews with justice and police officials, detainees and their families, and using reports from human rights groups and local media, The Associated Press was able to track 245 of those formerly held at Guantanamo. The investigation, which spanned 17 countries, found:
_Once the detainees arrived in other countries, 205 of the 245 were either freed without being charged or were cleared of charges related to their detention at Guantanamo. Forty either stand charged with crimes or continue to be detained.
_Only a tiny fraction of transferred detainees have been put on trial. The AP identified 14 trials, in which eight men were acquitted and six are awaiting verdicts. Two of the cases involving acquittals â€” one in Kuwait, one in Spain â€” initially resulted in convictions that were overturned on appeal.
And that's an ugly story, too. But again, the numbers are off, this time by an order of magnitude. We're asking about 1000s, and the AP covers a story about 100s--at a prison camp that we already know about.
Again we ask: Where are the bodies in the Bush gulag? Have they been released? Are they still in jail? Or have they been disappeared?
NOTE Not, of course, that we have prison camps in the US. It can't happen here.