It is now 1704 days since the first prisoners were taken to Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During those 243 weeks, over 750 men have spent some time in the prison camp. At least 95 have been transferred to other governments (where they may or may not be tried further), but at least 192 have been released, seemingly indicating that they were not, in fact, dangerous terrorists.
Anyone who was there since the first day (and there must be some, as the total releases is less than the number who were placed there in the first week) has seen 56 months go by; 56 months of forced inactivity, of wasted life. Imagine if that was you; suppose you do something regularly once a week, like go to church or play golf. You'd have missed 243 separate events, one per week. I agree we should gripe about the torture, but that leads to stupid semantic games; the duration of the imprisonment without anything even close to something like due process — the stranding of some number of innocents for durations as long as these — is undebatable and the behavior seems to me just insane. (Like, literally. Don't you qualify as a psychopath if you can't empathize/identify with those innocents?)
Of course, Guantanamo's in the news now because of Bush's latest foray, so maybe this will soon become irrelevant. I'm not holding my breath until after the elections, though.