How dangerous were Guantanamo prisoners

cover aprThe IN has made it clear we don’t agree with the Bush Administration’s policies at Guantanamo. We had one cover story on the issue (Torture in Guantánamo  ).

The Associated Press has tracked down 245 prisoners that were formerly held at Guantanamo to find out what happened to them once they were transfered. Remmber the Pentagon called them “among the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the Earth.”

Here is what AP found:

  • Once the detainees arrived in other countries, 205 of the 245 were either freed without being charged or were cleared of charges related to their detention at Guantanamo.
  • Only a tiny fraction of transferred detainees have been put on trial. The AP identified 14 trials, in which eight men were acquitted and six are awaiting verdicts.
  • The Afghan government has freed every one of the more than 83 Afghans sent home.
  • At least 67 of 70 repatriated Pakistanis are free after spending a year in Adiala Jail. A senior Pakistani Interior Ministry official said investigators determined that most had been “sold” for bounties to U.S. forces by Afghan warlords.
  • All 29 detainees who were repatriated to Britain, Spain, Germany, Russia, Australia, Turkey, Denmark, Bahrain and the Maldives were freed, some within hours after being sent home for “continued detention.”

Some 420 detainees remain at the U.S. base in Cuba.