Humpday Musings

Guest Post by Lawrence Wilkerson: Some Truths About Guantanamo Bay
There are several dimensions to the debate over the U.S. prison facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that the media have largely missed and, thus, of which the American people are almost completely unaware. For that matter, few within the government who were not directly involved are aware either.

The first of these is the utter incompetence of the battlefield vetting in Afghanistan during the early stages of the U.S. operations there. Simply stated, no meaningful attempt at discrimination was made in-country by competent officials, civilian or military, as to who we were transporting to Cuba for detention and interrogation.

…The second dimension that is largely unreported is that several in the U.S. leadership became aware of this lack of proper vetting very early on and, thus, of the reality that many of the detainees were innocent of any substantial wrongdoing, had little intelligence value, and should be immediately released.

…The third basically unknown dimension is how hard Secretary of State Colin Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage labored to ameliorate the GITMO situation from almost day one.

…The fourth unknown is the ad hoc intelligence philosophy that was developed to justify keeping many of these people, called the mosaic philosophy. Simply stated, this philosophy held that it did not matter if a detainee were innocent. Indeed, because he lived in Afghanistan and was captured on or near the battle area, he must know something of importance (this general philosophy, in an even cruder form, prevailed in Iraq as well, helping to produce the nightmare at Abu Ghraib). All that was necessary was to extract everything possible from him and others like him, assemble it all in a computer program, and then look for cross-connections and serendipitous incidentals–in short, to have sufficient information about a village, a region, or a group of individuals, that dots could be connected and terrorists or their plots could be identified.

…Another unknown, a part of the fabric of the foregoing four, was the sheer incompetence involved in cataloging and maintaining the pertinent factors surrounding the detainees that might be relevant in any eventual legal proceedings, whether in an established court system or even in a kangaroo court that pretended to at least a few of the essentials, such as evidence.

If that doesn’t leave you wanting, I don’t know what will.

Bring on La Primavera. I need some Classic Action! Will Boonen finally deliver? This could be his year. We’ll see come Saturday.

All issues of doping aside (mostly because I know the winner of every race called “classic” over the next month and a half will be won by a fucking needle happy junkie) I cannot wait for April. It is the best racing of the year, as far as I’m concerned. Hands down.

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

5 thoughts on “Humpday Musings

  1. Clearly the ‘shotgun approach’ to intelligence gathering. Shoot enough pellets, something’ll hit. Anyone who’s ever known anything about intelligence knows, ‘intelligence’ is relevant, coherant and accurate information in the hands of the operational teams who require it. Everything else is wasted effort that detracts from this primary requirement. Consign these f**wits to the dustbin of history with the greedmongers that have driven western society to the edge of the financial abyss. You might have voted in your first black President, but boy did you hand him the s**t end of the shovel, but as a Scottish observer, I have to confess I like his stance, ‘at the plate’. Not only does he seem up for it, he might actually just have the smarts to pull it off, at least part of the ways. As such, he’s streets ahead of what came before……

  2. The boy ain’t “streets ahead” of shit. Soros, et al, might have bought him the office, but he’s so far over his head…

    Oh, and I’m for closing Gitmo down. Put ’em in American prisons. The inmates will take it from there.

  3. ah caint wait for M-SR and ah caint believe none of youse guys were giving Tyler a shout out for his bunch sprint stage win in Italy last week, kid rode around Mark Cavendish.