• Guantánamo Parole Board Clears Victim of Mistaken Identity — After 13 Years

    January 27, 2016

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Democracy, Military, Post-Constitution America, Yemen

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    This story makes me so angry that I can’t even come up with my usual snarky introduction. I only weep.


    The Guantánamo parole board approved the release of a Yemeni “forever prisoner,” dismissing intelligence that imprisoned the man for 13 years without trial. And if that level of evil and scorn for justice doesn’t radicalize a 100 people to join ISIS, then nothing can.

    The so-called Gitmo Periodic Review Board heard the case of Mustafa al Shamiri, 37. Intelligence analysts, I’ll say it again, 13 years ago, wrongly labeled him as a high level al-Qaida guy, because his name was similar to actual extremists. For 13 years of hell, like some modern-day Jean Valjean, he was known only as Detainee 434 by his American jailers.

    “In making this determination, the board noted that the most derogatory prior assessments regarding the detainee’s activities before detention have been discredited, and the current information shows that the detainee has low-level military capability.”

    The military says the U.S. “ally” Northern Alliance captured Shamiri in Afghanistan in late November 2001 and held him for a time in a crammed fortress near Mazar-i-Sharif. He was then rendered over to the U.S. Such renditions were typically paid for in cash bounty by the U.S. to stock up its offshore penal colony.


    Now look at him, Detainee 434 Mustafa al Shamiri:






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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...

      1

      Grieving means you are still fully human. Your empathy brain cluster is intact. That same cluster in most Americans is reduced to grey jelly when the meme of callow status invades and takes over,

      01/27/16 9:08 AM | Comment Link

    • jim hruska said...

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      WMW,
      if they can do this to 1 man then they can do it to any man.
      jim hruska aka rangeragainstwar

      01/27/16 9:57 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

      3

      US’ military dumb, stupid animals (e.g., Dubya, McCain, et al) : Dig hole; fill it back up; repeat …

      01/27/16 9:58 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Meanwhile, there’s still those pig fucking Congress members like Graham, McCain, Burr, McConnel and a host of others, notwithstanding a cesspool of Americans who still call these innocent men..”terrorists” and would have them detained till death, even when proved innocent.
      Folks..this isn’t “America” anymore. It died..on 9/11. Exactly what the powers that actually perpetrated it intended. What we are left with is the United States of Depravity.

      As for the Congressional, CIA and DOD psychopaths that continue this abomination called Guantanamo..there is no punishment good enough other than hanging for them. They are war criminals. You know it. They know it. This is why they do everything in their power to keep the knowledge of their heinous acts of torture and murder from ever seeing the light of day.

      In a parallel universe of sanity, law and moral conviction..this country would be leveled by nations that still maintain a moral compass. Just like the old USA did in Germany and Japan. Unfortunately, in this universe the US of D is the worlds most powerful and dangerous legal imperialism in existence. Perhaps..one day, another power will hunt these animals down and hang them till dead. I can only hope.
      Now excuse me while I vomit.

      01/27/16 1:47 PM | Comment Link

    • Edward said...

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      This is absolutely disgusting. They took 13 years of this man’s life, now they must compensate him with millions of dollars. It’s the right thing to do… Of course the U.S. won’t… They just tell him to suck it up. Well I would be angry if it happened to me and if I was the type of person who wanted revenge, I would try and live up to what they accused me of and inflict some real pain on people.

      01/27/16 3:33 PM | Comment Link

    • Ken said...

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      As anyone listening to the podcast Serial should be aware, it’s Guantanamo itself that has galvanized these guys, and they become major terrorist leaders after they leave. It was our terror training college.

      01/27/16 9:40 PM | Comment Link

    • Suzanne said...

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      The whole Guantanamo thing has disgusted me from the beginning. This man must be full of justified rage, and I can only hope that he will be able to return to his family and friends and readjust to the life that was taken from him.

      I have posted time and time again that I want someone to kidnap George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and transport them to Guantanamo for incarceration. If not that, then I want someone to kidnap them and deliver them to the Hague for trial as war criminals where they would be found guilty and hung in the public square. My heart goes out to Mustafa Shamiri and I pray that he will find peace and serenity with his family and friends.

      01/28/16 8:27 PM | Comment Link

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