"Says the U.N. team: What happens at Gitmo is nothing less than torture Â and those responsible should themselves face the long arm of the law "up to the highest level of military and political command."
And how do these gumshoes know this?
Why, they read all about it in The New York Times and watched it on CNN. Oh, and they talked to former detainees.
What they did not do, however, is visit Guantanamo and see things for themselves.
After all, it's so much easier when you only need to get one side of the story.
Indeed, as Kevin Moley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.'s Geneva offices, wrote in a letter last month, the report "selectively includes only those factual assertions needed to support those conclusions and ignores other facts that would undermine those conclusions." "
Deroy Murdock makes the case for keeping Gitmo open, which I fully support.
""The process of assessing detainees is difficult and involves a certain degree of risk," says Pentagon spokesman Commander Flex Plexico. "Many detainees later identified as having returned to their terrorist activities falsely claimed to be farmers, truck drivers, cooks, small-scale merchants, or low-level combatants."
Plexico says that detainees "are required to sign a form agreeing that they will not take part in anti-U.S. or terrorist activities after release." It is a bit odd to suppose that the kinds of people who deliberately blow up Muslim weddings and applaud the stoning of adulteresses also obey contracts with people they aim to kill.
While staying mum on details, the Pentagon says that after leaving Guantanamo, former enemy combatants killed an Afghan judge as he departed a mosque. Others have shot at U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, while even more have been killed in action there."