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The Father of Guantanamo

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: bushadministration, usa, u.s., war, obama, media, Guantanamo, Bagram, humanitarian crimes, , human rights )

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While he has ordered the closing of Guantanamo, Bagram air base, where so many humanitarian crimes are alleged to have occurred, remains open. When U.S. operatives under the Bush administration's "war on terror" seized people around the globe on suspic


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Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Thursday April 9, 2009, 1:18 pm
.............The symbol of Guantanamo—an offshore penal colony where hundreds of men have been incarcerated without charge, without access to any court and initially without access to lawyers—became such a blight on America’s reputation that during last year’s presidential campaign both Obama and Republican John McCain vowed to close it. Days after taking office, Obama ordered that Guantanamo be shut down within a year, and his administration began a case-by-case review to determine how to handle the detainees who remain there.

But closing Guantanamo was a political promise, while Bagram went unnoticed during the long campaign.

And just a month after the president—with some fanfare—ordered the Guantanamo closing, his administration embraced the Bush administration’s position that the Bagram detainees should properly be held in what is effectively a legal no man’s land, barred from having a court hear their cases.


Eleanor B (909)
Thursday April 9, 2009, 2:25 pm
As Moazzam Begg and Omar Deghayes (two former prisoners in G) have said, Guantanamo is the tip of the iceberg. They are dedicating their lives to freeing the prisoners in Bagram and elsewhere - who knows how many prisons and how many prisoners there are. We do want to know! This can never be let rest.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday April 9, 2009, 2:48 pm
I hadn't heard of Bagram - I'm glad you've posted this article Madalena.

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Thursday April 9, 2009, 3:08 pm
Yes, you are right: "who knows how many prisons and how many prisoners there are"

Renee Castille (64)
Thursday April 9, 2009, 3:36 pm
i fill the same as u do

David Gould (155)
Thursday April 9, 2009, 5:43 pm
Moazzam Begg has once put a figure on the number of illegal prisons that are run by the CIA around the globe but when pressed he couldn't put a figure on how many were held but he said he thought it to be well over a thousand. Guantanamo is just the start. We must aim to hold Obama to his promise to usher in a new age of Human Rights lead by a new America in touch with its roots. We must find out where all these prisons are for a start...I know Cage Prisoners in onto this already.

Injustice has been carried out in our names whether we live in the USA or in Europe...we have all become accessories to these dark deeds. We have a chance to become the light and end this misrule once and for all. I think my MP is sick of my demands but that won't stop me making them. I hope you all beat a path your representatives as well and continue to demand answers.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 10, 2009, 9:11 am
Thank you making this more public....noted.
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