Guantanamo Bay: 'School For Jihad'?

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(EDITORS NOTE: THIS IMAGE WAS REVIEWED BY U.S. MILITARY) The sun rises over Camp Delta detention compound which has housed foreign prisoners since 2002, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, June 6, 2008 in Cuba. Photo by Brennan Linsley-PoolGetty Images hide caption

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Two reporters spent eight months tracking down 66 men who were previously held at Guantanamo Bay as suspected terrorists. It's a wide-ranging investigation and in the end, the McClatchy reporters described a very flawed system in which many detainees were imprisoned on flimsy or fabricated evidence, in which some detainees were abused, and in some cases, a system in which U.S. detention policy proved counterproductive by creating jihadists and drumming up support for terrorists.

A McClatchy investigation found that instead of confining terrorists, Guantanamo often produced more of them by rounding up common criminals, conscripts, low-level foot soldiers and men with no allegiance to radical Islam — thus inspiring a deep hatred of the United States in them — and then housing them in cells next to radical Islamists.

The radicals were quick to exploit the flaws in the U.S. detention system.

Now, less than a week after the Supreme Court decided that detainees have the right to fight their detention in U.S. courts, we'll talk with one of the reporters who met with former detainees, and with his editor. Not only about who these men were and who they are today, but also about how the reporters got this story, how they tracked down 66 former detainees and convinced them to talk on the record, how the U.S. government responded, and what they learned along the way. The week-long series is available in full online, along with documents they uncovered, videotaped interviews, and more detail about the 66 former prisoners. Check out the series at the McClatchy site and send us your questions or comments for the reporting team here.



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McClatchy is right on!...U.S.A. created them; by gathering a bunch of Arab innocents and detaining them. Much the same way that U.S.A. created Hezbollah by supporting Israel; and much the same as all of the Jewish employees of the W.T.C. complex got an e-mail telling them not to go to work on 9/11. And much the same way I have a bridge to sell you that links Manhattan and Brooklyn, unless Bush and Cheney have blown it up and blamed Al-Queda again. Those sweet and dear jihadis, none are more misunderstood than them!

Sent by MO | 3:05 PM | 6-18-2008

In light of the Supreme Court's decision, will former detainees be able to seek some sort of reparations or, bluntly, justice for the possibly unsubstantiated accusations that were made against them?

Sent by Isaac | 3:25 PM | 6-18-2008

This is a bizarre situation, and it is unfortunate that our society (globally) has come down to such silly problems that really, I believe, in the long run, do not matter much. It reminds me a bit of cliques in high schools when people are telling lies left and right to make it seem like they really didn't do what the parents think they did. Anyway, being able to talk with the detainees is an invaluable chance to understand their lives and perhaps even clarify what kind of people actually end up in Guantanamo Bay.

Of the people you spoke to, how long were they kept there, and what were the conditions that they lived under?

Sent by Chris | 3:25 PM | 6-18-2008

Profiles have a mixed value. They are illegal in this country due to consistitional constraints. They are viewed as valuable tools by others, such as DHS. As such, your profiles of the former detainees is esspecially meaningless. Look at the number of serial killers who never its the profile of such. I find it very difficult to accept that so many former detainees were innocent victimes. In the theatre of operation combatants engaged in hostile acts and simply walked away from their weapons when it became evident they were about to be killed or captured. We know from Iraq and Afghanistan people hostile to the government and U.S forces often worked for the government.

My primary point is that at least two of your critera, both separately and collectively, provide little or now support for your basic assumption. I do believe some innocent people were captured and mistreated but not to degree reflected in your sample.

Sent by Michael | 3:46 PM | 6-18-2008

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was there. He claimed to be the operational director for Osama bin Laden's 9/11. I guess he didn't get the memo that Bush and Mossad did it. He said that he enjoyed roles in other operations too. Among them, destroying Big Ben, blowing up Heathrow Airport; Bali night club bombing, Kenyan hotel bombing, 1993 W.T.C. bomb, Helped Richard Reed with his shoe bomb. He talked about other targets too: Blowing up the Panama Canal would have been fun, as well as destroying the Empire State building and Sears Tower, and various nuclear power plants. He went on to say that he would have liked to assasinate Pope John Paul, II and President Clinton (he thought the whole Monica Lewinski affair was unseemly). He mentioned beheading Daniel Pearl but didn't fully take the credit out of modesty. However he is not to blame. U.S.A. is to blame because we put a military base in Saudi Arabia during the War in the Gulf. That coupled with our support of Israel inspired Osama bin Laden to hire Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Our policies created all of them, and we probably deserve what we get and got. Correct Rev. Wright? I mean McClatchy?

Sent by Mike | 4:14 PM | 6-18-2008

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