not a beautiful or unique snowflake (nothings) wrote,
not a beautiful or unique snowflake

guantanamo update

Oh hey, I missed this last week.

Senate Democrats on Wednesday joined Republicans in a lopsided 90-6 vote to forbid transferring to US soil any of the 240 detainees held at Guantanamo.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon says 14% of prisoners released from Guantanamo are confirmed or suspected to have since become involved in (or returned to) terrorism. They did not report what percentage of those prisoners turned to terrorism because of their treatment while imprisoned, the inappropriate length of their imprisonment, etc.

Meanwhile, an Afghan who has spent over six years at the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay prison was only around 12 years old when he was detained, not 16 or 17 as his official record says, an Afghan rights group said on Tuesday. The US military disputes their assertion about his age. Then again, "He was tortured, he was abused over seven years of custody," [Major Eric Montalvo, a Pentagon-appointed U.S. Marine Corps lawyer representing Jawad] told a news conference in the Afghan capital. "We have a child of Afghanistan that was wrongfully taken from this country and he needs to be returned." Montalvo did not offer odds on whether Jawad might return to or take up terrorism if he is released.


Guantanamo watch: 2693 days
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