McClatchy - "We got the wrong guys"

McClatchy has started a series today on our 'War on Terror'.

McClatchy tracked down 66 men released from Guantanamo in the most systematic survey to date of prisoners held there. Many had no connection to terrorism, but their experience turned them against America.

For many of us, right from the beginning, this 'War on Terror' was seen as not the attempt to bring to justice those who commit 'Criminal Terror' but to increase the ranks of those labeled as 'Terrorists', while creating our own brand of Terror on others, creating a Perpetual War Fear to replace the old 'Cold War' Scare, praticing the failed policies of this countries power and wealth for more of the same, and going against All that we as a Nation are supposed to stand for, instead of a Worldwide Criminal investigation to bring justice for Criminal Terrorists Acts!

Some in the 'many of us' served and fought in the failed policies of the 'Cold War', Vietnam, the occupation of a small country over an Ideology called 'Communism', today 'Religious' Ideology is used!

The other day I posted this {link goes to my site}:

For more than six years, the United States has held hundreds of men at Guantanamo — "the worst of the worst," in the words of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. But the truth was different. McClatchy tracked down 66 men released from Guantanamo in the most systematic survey to date of prisoners held there. Many had no connection to terrorism, but their experience turned them against America.


Watch The Opening Video of the Series

McClatchy reporters spent eight months traveling to 11 countries, interviewing 66 former U.S. military detainees about their experiences in detention systems at Guantanamo and in Afghanistan. (Video by Travis Heying)

The series begins:

Today: We got the wrong guys

Coming Monday: 'I guess you can call it torture'

Tuesday: A school for Jihad

Wednesday: 'Due process is legal mumbo-jumbo'

Thursday: 'You are the king of this prison'

America's prison for terrorists often held the wrong men

By Tom Lasseter | McClatchy Newspapers
GARDEZ, Afghanistan — The militants crept up behind Mohammed Akhtiar as he squatted at the spigot to wash his hands before evening prayers at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

They shouted "Allahu Akbar" — God is great — as one of them hefted a metal mop squeezer into the air, slammed it into Akhtiar's head and sent thick streams of blood running down his face.

Akhtiar was among the more than 770 terrorism suspects imprisoned at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They are the men the Bush administration described as "the worst of the worst."

There's a whole host of back links at the report site.

Reading this first once again pushes McClatchy to the top of the heap, in my thoughts, for real journalism being brought back, though they've been there pretty much all along with their professionalism and professionals!

We've passed any line there might have been to contain the Blowback from these failed policies, long ago!

But with real people working together we all may be able to minimize that Blowback, at least some, that the younger generations will be the recipients of!

This is Our Legacy us responsible adults are leaving, not a Better World nor a Better Existance than we have, as those before us worked hard for, but an extremely dangerous world of Hatreds in far too many!

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Tell the world: My America Doesn't Torture!

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

I don't know what to do to help stop this madness. I've written letters and called my congress critters. I've signed petitions. I thought supporting more Democrats by electing them to office would help but it hasn't so far. If more are elected, will it help? If Obama is elected, will it help?

Of 'Shock and Awe' many of us Vets, from VVAW and VFP, were in DC at American University and the Saturday teachin was Televised on C-Span all day!

We were saying almost Exactly what was going to happen that has happened, and more!

For an answer to your Question, don't know except to Keep Pushing, it's working, and it seems slow, but it's faster than for 'Nam!!

Tell the world: My America Doesn't Torture!

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

This one looks to grow big in the next few days. Now headlined on Reuters as a news item.

And works it's way into the campaign, Both Parties, let's see the response!!

Tell the world: My America Doesn't Torture!

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

"enemy combatant" over and over again in the DOJ's "terse" -- to use McClatchy's words -- press release more than a little frightening..

"We are disappointed with the Court’s decision. The Court recognized that an adjustment to typical habeas proceedings may be appropriate, but required the hundreds of actions challenging the detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo to be moved to district court. The Department is reviewing the decision and its implications on the existing detainee litigation.

"While we disagree with the ruling, it is important to note that the Boumediene case did not concern military commission trials. Boumediene involved a challenge to the procedures that Congress and the Executive have established to permit enemy combatants at Guantanamo to challenge their detention during ongoing hostilities. Those enemy combatants who have been charged by a military commission with war crimes are afforded numerous additional protections in connection with those trials. Military commission trials will therefore continue to go forward. To the extent that Boumediene addresses matters that could affect the commission trials, those matters will initially be litigated before the military commissions themselves. In the event of a conviction, the accused will have the right to appeal to both military and federal appellate courts."

The reason why it's so frightening?

The most recent issue of the Intelligence Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center had an article about the Deniers of the Armenian Genocide. The reasoning? The Armenians were enemy combatants.

Efforts to kill the memory of the Armenian genocide began while carrion birds were still picking over corpses in their desert boneyards, with Turkey issuing a first official statement assuring the world at large that no atrocities had occurred. Turkey's primary strategy for denying the Armenian genocide since then has shifted from blanket denial to disputing the death toll to blaming the massacres on Kurdish bandits and a few rogue officials to claiming the Armenians who died were enemy combatants in a civil war.

State of Denial:
Turkey Spends Millions to Cover Up Armenian Genocide