Sunday, April 11, 2010

Guantanamo detainees innocent, and Bush knew it

I read, appalled, the article published on The Times of London, in which Colonel Wilkerson accuses former US president George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld to have known that hundreds of people jailed in Guantanamo torture camp were innocent.

According to Rumsfeld they were "politically impossible to release" in order to boost the push towards the invasion of Iraq. So they preferred to keep them locked for years.

The article, of course, gives for granted the idea that the attacks on 9/11 were carried out by a handful of Islamic terrorists. This, however, is not granted at all, since there are thousands between scientists, academics, engineers, architects, pilots, military officers, journalists and citizens that are demanding a new, independent investigation on what has been one of the darkest pages in US recent history and that has been used as an excuse to colonise and destroy Afghanistan and Iraq. Demand that, so far, has been largely ignored by both Bush and Obama.

I find astonishing how far human cruelty can go, and what I find most worrying is that the worst examples of such brutality come from the people who lead our goverments and are supposed to keep human rights at the top of their agenda.

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