Tuesday, October 05, 2004


Catch & Release at Guantanamo

US officer predicts Guantánamo releases

Most of the prisoners being held at Guantánamo Bay, the US military base on Cuba, are expected to be released or transferred to their own countries, the deputy commander of the unit that runs the base [Brig Gen Martin Lucenti] has said.
"Most of these guys weren't fighting. They were running. Even if somebody has been found to be an enemy combatant, many of them will be released because they will be of low intelligence value and low threat status.

"We don't have a level of evidence to feel that we can be confident to prosecute them [all]. We have guys here who have never told us anything, except to say that they want to cut off the heads of the infidels if they get a chance," Gen Lucenti added.
Sounds like Gen. Lucenti is just doing his job, really: justifying a policy decision. "Running away?" I had assumed that these men were in the thick of a combat zone for a reason, but if you've decided to let 'em go, I guess you gotta say something.

Bush must be pretty comfortable with progress in Iraq if he's willing to release men who only want to "cut off the heads of the infidels." That's the real story here.