McClatchy – “We got the wrong guys”

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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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    • jimstaro on June 15, 2008 at 8:10 pm
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  1. After this one you can be sure I`ll be following your series on this.

    The “blowback” started the day after “shock & awe” began.

    The “ghost workers” they`ve filled their accounts with, in the bank of fear, are actually germinating in the seed bank called blowback.

    How arrogant are you when treating other humans inhumanely to benefit your agenda of war for profit. That someone can imprison others without regard to their guilt or innocence, then rail against a SC decision restoring their rights, is only more bizarre when that someone is the POTUS. The enablers & those who stood by, are just as guilty. Handing the blowback to our children will be our historical legacy, unless we put a stop to it, before it`s too late.

    We`re only one man away.

    This is a very important diary.

    Thank you.

  2. Framing the military establishment as bullies, I know, will not win any awards or respect with 99% of the country, but I feel it is the maybe the best way to take back control of the coutry. I feel we have to quit idolizing the warrior, before any of the change we all hope for is possible.

    A possible bumper sticker,….one of those ribbons like the “Honor our troops” stickers, but unlooped, so it is nearly straight, black with a white border, stating, “I don’t honor Bullies”. Or perhaps a simular ribbon stating “Real patriots aren’t bullies”.

  3. So many women and young girl refugees are falling into prostitution as a means of survival in other countries — they can’t find work and many countries simply don’t want them.

    It is horrendous — and we caused their plight!

    The continual crimes of our country are, finally, getting out there in the media, albeit, small efforts, at best — but our crimes are becoming known more and more broadly.

    Good — is all I can say!  Maybe, there will be some accountability somewhere, somehow!  Actually, you better hope to hell there is, if not, it will simply continue and worsen — even if we are lucky enough to get Barack Obama and not McCain.

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