Official says Guantanamo detainees were held without cause
“It amounts to an indictment of George W. Bush for war criminal acts,” said Brian Becker, national coordinator for the Answer Coalition. “It says under oath that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld knowingly kept hundreds of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, a center the UN itself identified as a torture center.”
The fallout of the announcement may not lie so much in the consequences for Bush, who is unlikely to ever face any charges, but in continued distrust of America abroad – particularly in its efforts to fight the global war on terror.
“We cannot torture people, hold them without due process, rip them away from their families. You can’t do that to human beings and not create bitterness and anger – not just from them, but also from their families and their neighbors. When you treat them badly, you generate fierce resistance,” Becker said.