Failed justice: Guantanamo by the numbers

20 April 2008

By David Bowker and David Kaye

Six years ago, President George W. Bush granted American armed forces sweeping authority to detain and interrogate foreign members of Al Qaeda and their supporters and to use military commissions to try them. By doing so, the president set in motion the creation of military commissions and the detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The Bush administration may legitimately claim certain benefits from the Guantánamo system. Some dangerous men are held there, and valuable intelligence has probably been gathered, perhaps even some that has enabled the government to disrupt terrorist activities. But the costs have been high: Guantánamo has come to be seen worldwide as a stain on America’s reputation. Read the rest of this entry »