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 Guanta'namo Bay Naval Base (Guanta'namo) and promptly to close detention facilities at Guanta'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."
He lied. He's a serial liar. He broke every major promise made. He's a moral coward. He's an unindicted war criminal. He belongs in prison, not government.
He's got four more years to wage war on humanity. Expect him to take full advantage.