Will Congress Please Investigate Guantanamo Bay?
Very little about Guantanamo Bay ever made any sense to me. If you want to get to the bottom of the networks profiteering off guns and drugs, that investigation and trial really needs to happen in public view, with complete disclosure. Congress would have been a better venue for interrogating some of these people. In case you didn’t know, guns and drugs provide the essential financing for most terror networks. Drugs and guns go together like a horse and carriage because trade is a two-way street, which means guns go in one direction and drugs come back on the same planes and boats.
Here are some troubling facts: Over 700 people were taken to the prison and only six ever convicted. 86 of the 186 prisoners still held at Guantanamo (for over a decade now) have been cleared for release as they apparently have committed no crimes, yet they are never released? Four of those who pleaded guilty did so in order to obtain a plea bargain agreement. All evidence indicates Guantanamo is a medieval-style inquisition prison, where detainees are “put to the question” in new and novel torture techniques designed to skirt the Geneva Conventions at every opportunity. Unless they are using the prison to manufacture Manchurian Candidates, I can’t imagine what use this prison has served.
But the weirdest news about Guantanamo came today. One of the public defenders there died from a gunshot to the head last week, information that was strangely withheld for days, and even now it seems no mainstream newspaper wants to touch this story. Most of the detainees, by the way, are 3-months into a hunger strike and teetering on death themselves. But this information about the lawyer was withheld for nearly a week, and even now, very little is being revealed about this troubling case, while the hunger strike gets virtually zero attention. Even though President Obama has called for closing the base several times, nothing happens as we enter the 11th year of this dreadful prison’s existence.
Guantanamo will become a great stain on the history of the United States. The death of this lawyer, Andy P. Hart, reminds me of the death of William Pitzer, who was “suicided” after his role in the JFK autopsy. We really need a Congressional investigation on the size and scope of Watergate to get to the bottom of Guantanamo Bay.