Future historians will look back on the Guantanamo prison camp as one of the darkest chapters in American history, along with slavery, lynchings in the South, internment of Japanese-American citizens in WWII and the McCarthy Red Scare. That we have allowed this abomination to exist at all, let alone continue for 14 years, is an affront to the American way of life and the whole civilized world.
Guantanamo was set up to evade our Constitutional protections and the Geneva Conventions. Many of the so-called “enemy combatants” imprisoned were completely innocent men, swept up by a corrupt bounty system: Cash rewards offered for suspected terrorists were collected by dishonest Af ghans and Iraqis, who falsely accused rivals just to get the money. The prisoners have had no real habeas corpus protections, no chance to prove their innocence.