US Law Prohibits Transferring Guantanamo Prisoners to America
Obama lied. He wants Guantanamo kept open.
by Stephen Lendman
FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) legislation proscribes it.
January 11, 2013 marks Guantanamo's 11th anniversary. More on that below.
On January 11, 2002, its first 20 prisoners arrived. It's one of many US torture prisons globally.
Most held there are innocent victims. They're not terrorists. They're lawlessly detained. Many remained for years uncharged and untried. Fundamental rights are denied.
Seton Hall University Law Professor Mark Denebeaux analyzed unclassified government data. He got them through FOIA requests.
They revealed what's vital to know. The vast majority of Guantanamo detainees weren't accused of hostile acts. Afghan bounty hunters seized around 95% of them.
They sold them to US forces for $5,000 per claimed Taliban and $25,000 for alleged Al Qaeda members. Evidence of criminality wasn't sought.
Washington wanted prisoners. It still does. Innocence or guilt didn't matter. It still doesn't.
What George Bush began, Obama continues. It's institutionalized. Torture and other crimes against humanity reflect official US policy.
On January 20, 2009, Obama became America's 44th president. He promised closure. On January 22, 2009, his Executive Order followed. It said:
"By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to effect the appropriate disposition of individuals currently detained by the Department of Defense at the GuantÃ¡namo Bay Naval Base (GuantÃ¡namo) and promptly to close detention facilities at GuantÃ¡namo, consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice""
He promised "immediate review of all" detainees within 30 days and "humane standards of confinement."