This is a day of hope and change....for lots of people. Especially Haji Bismullah:
For nearly six years, Haji Bismullah, an Afghan detainee at Guantánamo Bay, has insisted that he was no terrorist, but had actually fought the Taliban and had later been part of the pro-American Afghan government.Doesn't that make your blood boil? Don't you want to take a baseball bat to someone's head who calls all the men held at Gitmo terrorists, scum and vermin? Another set of ruined lives gets a new start:
Over the weekend, the Bush administration flew him home after a military panel concluded that he “should no longer be deemed an enemy combatant.”
Asked about the panel’s decision, which was not publicly announced and seemed to acknowledge a mistake of grand proportions, a Pentagon spokeswoman said, “Mr. Bismullah was lawfully detained as an enemy combatant based on the information that was available at the time.”
Lawyers for Mr. Bismullah, 29, presented sworn statements from officials of the American-supported Afghanistan government of Hamid Karzai that indicated Mr. Bismullah had been named as a terrorist by collaborators of the Taliban who wanted to take over his position as a provincial official. In fact, after Mr. Bismullah was shipped to Guantánamo, a local official said in a sworn statement, one of his accusers stole his car and drove it for two years.~NYT.
The US Department of Defense on Saturday announced it had transferred six detainees out of Guantanamo Bay. The detainees, four of whom were sent to Iraq, one to Algeria, and one to Afghanistan, were found to be eligible for transfer after what DOD called "a comprehensive series of review processes." ~Jurist.
And George W. Bush has less than 24 hours left in the White House. Too bad he isn't being transferred to Gitmo.
Martin Luther King had it right. Judge people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
But you can not even count on be judged correctly in Bush's War's..especially when all the checks and balances we have relied on for hundreds of years have been removed by idiots who think they know it all.
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