Posted by Brad @ 9:17 pm on January 26th 2009

The Bush Administration Was Fundamentally Uninterested in Bringing Terrorists to Justice

That is the inescapable conclusion. On top of everything else we know about their utter lack of concern for the prosecution of terrorism suspects, the incoming Obama administration has run into a snag in their Gitmo policy. In looking for the case files of the terror suspects being held there, they found out that…well, that there are no case files.

President Obama’s plans to expeditiously determine the fates of about 245 terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and quickly close the military prison there were set back last week when incoming legal and national security officials — barred until the inauguration from examining classified material on the detainees — discovered that there were no comprehensive case files on many of them.

Instead, they found that information on individual prisoners is “scattered throughout the executive branch,” a senior administration official said. The executive order Obama signed Thursday orders the prison closed within one year, and a Cabinet-level panel named to review each case separately will have to spend its initial weeks and perhaps months scouring the corners of the federal government in search of relevant material.

Several former Bush administration officials agreed that the files are incomplete and that no single government entity was charged with pulling together all the facts and the range of options for each prisoner. They said that the CIA and other intelligence agencies were reluctant to share information, and that the Bush administration’s focus on detention and interrogation made preparation of viable prosecutions a far lower priority.

Think on that for a moment. Not only are these people being detained indefinitely without charge: our government didn’t even bother creating case files or systematically collecting information about them. Not only may they be innocent or guilty, we apparantly didn’t much care which.

And, it goes without saying, if they were innocent we couldn’t really be arsed to figure that out, and if they were guilty we couldn’t really be arsed to dig deeper. Torture wasn’t a last resort, in that respect; it was, apparantly, the only resort.

The legal wranglings having to do with the detention and interrogation apparantly had not much to do with the actual considerations relating to the people we were detaining and interrogating.

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