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September 13, 2012

From the Atlantic:

Dead After 11 Years of Despair: A Prisoner Who Proved Gitmo Is Immoral

Another senseless casualty in the War on Terror, and both Democrats and Republicans alike are directly responsible—including President Obama, whose administration appealed Adnan Latif’s release and prolonged his detention after a federal judge ruled in 2010 that he was being held unjustly. And this despite being cleared for transfer out of Guantanamo in 2008 by the Bush administration, and cleared for release in 2009 by his own administration.

Started by Bush in 2002 to hold ‘enemy combatants’ from the war in Afghanistan (and later Iraq), the hellhole known as Gitmo is still open thanks in no small part to the combined efforts of Congressional Democrats and Republicans, who joined together in the Senate in 2009 and overwhelmingly passed an amendment that kept the prison open by denying funding for its closure in a 90-6 vote (48 Democrats and 40 Republicans). And Congress has continued to prevent its closure and the relocation or release of its detainees, who seem all but forgotten by the short attention span of the fast-paced world of the 24-hour, sensationalist news cycle.

“The only detainees who have been released from Gitmo in the last two years have been in caskets.” – David Remes, head of a legal team that represented Latif, via NBC News.


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