Guantanamo Detainees in Isolation, Diplomatic Limbo
By William Fisher
t r u t h o u t | Report
Saturday 21 April 2007
A top human rights advocate is characterizing as "a self-inflicted wound" the failure of the Bush administration to find countries willing to grant asylum to Guantanamo prisoners it has cleared for release.
"The administration created this problem by repeatedly describing all Guantanamo detainees as 'the worst of the worst'. A lot of people are working very hard to find countries to take these people," says Jumana Musa of Amnesty International USA in an exclusive interview with Truthout. But, she adds, "Given the misleading rhetoric our government has used to describe these prisoners, we shouldn't be surprised that no one wants to take them."
Musa, who is Amnesty's director of domestic human rights and international justice programs, told Truthout that the Bush administration has also failed to seek help in relocation from groups such as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
"In fact," she says, "these groups have largely been shut out of any involvement in the relocation issue, despite their years of experience."
In 2002, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld referred to Guantanamo prisoners as "the worst of the worst." In June 2005, he said, "If you think of the people down there, these are people, all of whom were captured on a battlefield. They're terrorists, trainers, bomb makers, recruiters, financiers, (Osama bin Laden's) bodyguards, would-be suicide bombers, probably the 20th 9/11 hijacker."
Yet, it is estimated lass than 10% of the people held had anything to do with terrorism.
As always, this administration lives on lies and it is the people who pay for them.
Interesting article--at link.