Saturday, October 27, 2007

Ghost Prisoners - A Halloween Story?

Just in time for Halloween, the WaPo looks at about 30 CIA "ghost prisoners" of the war on terror. What happened after Bush's 9/6/06 announcement that the CIA's overseas prisons were emptied? Well 14 al-Qaeda leaders taken to Gitmo. Leaving about 30 prisoners unaccounted for. The Post notes that "Some have been secretly transferred to their home countries, where they remain in detention and out of public view, according to interviews in Pakistan and Europe with government officials, human rights groups and lawyers for the detainees. Others have disappeared without a trace and may or may not still be under CIA control."

Have we turned some over to other countries? Are we still holding some in other overseas prisons? Who knows. Are these hard core terrorists who need to be locked up with keys thrown away? Are they innocent men caught in the wrong place at the wrong time - targeted by someone for personal reasons having nothing to do with the war on terror? I'm all for seeing anyone who had something to do with 9/11 tried and jailed. So what's so hard about doing that? Why were we unable to say, "hey, we got this guy and he's going on trial?" - One of the many things we could have done in the days when the world was still feeling our pain. Those days between the Afghanistan invasion (world support) and the neo-con right turn into madness (Iraq). Instead the world and most Americans just shake their heads in wonder at the inability of this administration to take even one right step in this battle.


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