Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 11, 2015, 13 years of Guantanamo proving America is NOT exceptional



Today is the 13th anniversary of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center ...




Sadly, most of America will ignore it.

Many in the U.S. still believe Guantanamo houses "the worst of the worst" terrorists thereby justifying the prison's existence..

  • Number of men/boys imprisoned at Guantanamo by the Department of Defense since the prison opened on January 11, 2002: 779
  • 86% were sold to the United States during a time when the U.S. military was offering large bounties for capture; commonly, $5,000 offered per man. (e.g., Offers made by the US to Pakistani and Afghan villagers to turn someone in: "Millions of dollars… Enough money to take care of your family, your village, your tribe for the rest of your life.")
  • Percentage of prisoners captured by American troops: 5%
  • Age of the youngest prisoner ever held at Guantanamo: 13
  • Age of the oldest prisoner ever held at Guantanamo: 89
  • Number of children the U.S. imprisoned at Guantanamo: 21
  • Number of men still imprisoned at Guantanamo as of January 11, 2015: 127
  • The names of those still held and their current "status": 
  • 026 Ghazi, Fahed (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 027 Uthman, Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. (but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013); also see: "The Seven Guantánamo Prisoners Whose Appeals Were Turned Down by the Supreme Court"
  • 028 Al Alawi, Muaz (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013); also see: "The Seven Guantánamo Prisoners Whose Appeals Were Turned Down by the Supreme Court" and "Voices from the Hunger Strike in Guantánamo"
  • 029 Al Ansi, Mohammed (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. (but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 030 Al Hakimi, Ahmed (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 031 Al Mujahid, Mahmoud (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention by the task force, but cleared for release by a Periodic Review Board in January 2014
  • 033 Al Adahi, Mohammed (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 034 Al Yafi, Abdullah (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 035 Qader Idris, Idris (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 037 Al Rahabi, Abdul Malik (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention by the task force, and also recommended for continued detention by a Periodic Review Board in March 2014, he was cleared for release by a second Periodic Review Board in December 2014
  • 038 Al Yazidi, Ridah (Tunisia) Cleared for release
  • 039 Al Bahlul, Ali Hamza (Yemen) Convicted pre-Obama, and given a life sentence, although that conviction was overturned on appeal
  • 040 Al Mudafari, Abdel Qadir (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 041 Ahmad, Majid (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 042 Shalabi, Abdul Rahman (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 043 Moqbel, Samir (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 044 Ghanim, Mohammed (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 045 Al Rezehi, Ali Ahmad (aka Ali Ahmad Al Razihi) (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. by the task force, but cleared for release by a Periodic Review Board in April 2014
  • 063 Al Qahtani, Mohammed (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 088 Awad, Adham Ali (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 091 Al Saleh, Abdul (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 115 Naser, Abdul Rahman (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 117 Al Warafi, Muktar (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 128 Al Bihani, Ghaleb (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention by the task force, but cleared for release by a Periodic Review Board in May 2014
  • 131 Ben Kend, Salem (aka Salem bin Kanad) (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention by the task force, and also recommended for continued detention by a Periodic Review Board in May 2014
  • 153 Suleiman, Fayiz (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 163 Al Qadasi, Khalid (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 165 Al Busayss, Said (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 167 Al Raimi, Ali Yahya (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 170 Masud, Sharaf (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 171 Alahdal, Abu Bakr (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 178 Baada, Tareq (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 189 Gherebi, Salem (Libya) Cleared for release
  • 195 Al Shumrani, Mohammed (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for continued detention; determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013, his review took place in May 2014, and in October 2014 he was recommended for continued detention
  • 197 Chekhouri, Younis (Morocco) Cleared for release
  • 202 Bin Atef, Mahmoud (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 223 Sulayman, Abdul Rahman (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 224 Muhammad, Abdul Rahman (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 233 Salih, Abdul (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 235 Jarabh, Saeed (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. (but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 239 Aamer, Shaker (UK-Saudi Arabia) Cleared for release; also see: "10 Years in Guantánamo: British Resident Shaker Aamer, Cleared for Release But Still Held," "EXCLUSIVE: 'I Affirm Our Right to Life': Shaker Aamer, the Last British Resident in Guantánamo, Explains His Peaceful Protest and Hunger Strike" and "EXCLUSIVE: A Demand for 'Freedom and Justice' from Shaker Aamer in Guantánamo"
  • 240 Al Shabli, Abdullah (Saudi Arabia) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 242 Qasim, Khaled (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 244 Nassir, Abdul Latif (Morocco) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 249 Al Hamiri, Mohammed (Yemen) Cleared for release; also see: "From Guantánamo, An Innocent Man Pleads for Release"
  • 251 Bin Salem, Mohammed (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 255 Hatim, Said (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 257 Abdulayev, Umar (Tajikistan) Cleared for release
  • 259 Hintif, Fadil (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 309 Abdal Sattar, Muieen (UAE) Cleared for release
  • 321 Kuman, Ahmed Yaslam Said (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 324 Al Sabri, Mashur (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 434 Al Shamyri, Mustafa (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 440 Bawazir, Mohammed (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 441 Al Zahri, Abdul Rahman (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 461 Al Qyati, Abdul Rahman (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 498 Haidel, Mohammed (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 506 Al Dhuby, Khalid (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 508 Al Rabie, Salman (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 509 Khusruf, Mohammed (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 511 Al Nahdi, Sulaiman (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 522 Ismail, Yasin (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. (but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 535 El Sawah, Tariq (Egypt) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 549 Al Dayi, Omar (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 550 Zaid, Walid (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 552 Al Kandari, Fayiz (Kuwait) Recommended for continued detention by the task force, and also recommended for continued detention by a Periodic Review Board in July 2014; also see: "Justice Denied: The Stories of Fawzi Al-Odah and Fayiz Al-Kandari, the Last Two Kuwaitis in Guantánamo," "The Seven Guantánamo Prisoners Whose Appeals Were Turned Down by the Supreme Court" and "Voices from the Hunger Strike in Guantánamo"
  • 554 Al Assani, Fehmi (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 560 Mohammed, Haji Wali (Afghanistan) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. (but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 564 Bin Amer, Jalal (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 566 Qattaa, Mansoor (Saudi Arabia) Cleared for release
  • 569 Al Shorabi, Zohair (Yemen) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 575 Al Azani, Saad (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 576 Bin Hamdoun, Zahir (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. (but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 578 Al Suadi, Abdul Aziz (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 680 Hassan, Emad (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 682 Al Sharbi, Ghassan (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 685 Ali, Abdelrazak (Algeria) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 688 Ahmed, Fahmi (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 689 Salam, Mohamed (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 690 Qader, Ahmed Abdul (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 691 Al Zarnuki, Mohammed (Yemen) Cleared for release
  • 694 Barhoumi, Sufyian (Algeria) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 695 Abu Bakr, Omar (Omar Mohammed Khalifh) (Libya) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 696 Al Qahtani, Jabran (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 702 Mingazov, Ravil (Russia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 708 Al Bakush, Ismael (Libya) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 728 Nassir, Jamil (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  • 753 Zahir, Abdul (Afghanistan) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 757 Abdul Aziz, Ahmed Ould (Mauritania) Cleared for release
  • 760 Slahi, Mohamedou Ould (Salahi) (Mauritania) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 762 Obaidullah (Afghanistan) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; also see: "U.S. Investigation in Afghanistan Clears Obaidullah, an Afghan Still Held in Guantánamo" and "Voices from the Hunger Strike in Guantánamo"
  • 768 Al Darbi, Ahmed Mohammed (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force, he was charged and accepted a plea deal in February 2014, even though he had been determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 836 Saleh, Ayoub Murshid Ali (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 837 Al Marwalah, Bashir (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 838 Balzuhair, Shawki Awad (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 839 Al Madhwani, Musa’ab (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013); also see: "The Seven Guantánamo Prisoners Whose Appeals Were Turned Down by the Supreme Court"
  • 840 Al Maythali, Hail Aziz Ahmed (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 841 Nashir, Said Salih Said (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 893 Al Bihani, Tawfiq (Saudi Arabia) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"; also see: "The Seven Guantánamo Prisoners Whose Appeals Were Turned Down by the Supreme Court"
  • 975 Karim, Bostan (Afghanistan) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. (but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 1017 Al Rammah, Omar (Zakaria al-Baidany) (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. (but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 1045 Kamin, Mohammed (Afghanistan) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 1094 Paracha, Saifullah (Pakistan) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 1119 Hamidullah, Haji (aka Ahmid Al Razak) (Afghanistan) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. (but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 1453 Al Kazimi, Sanad (Yemen) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 1456 Bin Attash, Hassan (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 1457 Sharqawi, Abdu Ali (Yemen) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 1460 Rabbani, Abdul Rahim Ghulam (Pakistan) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 1461 Rabbani, Mohammed Ghulam (Pakistan) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 1463 Al Hela, Abdulsalam (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. (but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 10011 Al Hawsawi, Mustafa (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution, he was charged and pre-trial hearings are underway
  • 10013 Bin Al Shibh, Ramzi (Yemen) Recommended for prosecution, he was charged and pre-trial hearings are underway
  • 10014 Bin Attash, Waleed (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution, he was charged and pre-trial hearings are underway
  • 10015 Al Nashiri, Abd Al Rahim (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution, he was charged and pre-trial hearings are underway
  • 10016 Zubaydah, Abu (Palestine-Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 10017 Al Libi, Abu Faraj (Libya) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 10018 Al Baluchi, Ammar (Ali Abd Al Aziz Ali) (Pakistan-Kuwait) Recommended for prosecution, he was charged and pre-trial hearings are underway
  • 10019 Isamuddin, Riduan (Hamlili) (Indonesia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 10020 Khan, Majid (Pakistan) Recommended for prosecution, he accepted a plea deal in February 2012
  • 10021 Bin Amin, Modh Farik (Zubair) (Malaysia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 10022 Bin Lep, Mohammed (Lillie) (Malaysia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 10023 Dourad, Gouled Hassan (Somalia) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. (but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 10024 Mohammed, Khalid Sheikh (Pakistan-Kuwait) Recommended for prosecution, he was charged and pre-trial hearings are underway
  • 10025 Malik, Mohammed Abdul (Kenya) Recommended for continued detention (determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • 10026 Al Iraqi, Abd Al Hadi (Iraq) Recommended for prosecution and charged, even though he had been determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 3148 Al Afghani, Haroon (Afghanistan) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  • 10029 Rahim, Muhammad (Afghanistan) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S. (but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013)
  • Number of prisoners serving sentence after military commission proceedings: 3
  • Number of prisoners the U.S. has said it lacks evidence to prosecute but claims are too dangerous to release: 46

  • More men (9) have died at Guantánamo than have been convicted (8) by the military commissions.
  • Number of Guantanamo prisoners convicted by illegitimate military commissions: 8
6 of these convictions were obtained through plea deals
1 of those convictions was in a contested trial
1 defendant chose not to participate in his trial
4 of those convicted have already been transferred home and 4 remain in detention
Number of Guantanamo prisoners transferred for prosecution in federal court: 1
  • Prisoners who have died in custody: 9
7 by "apparent suicide," though this is highly questioned (See Joseph Hickman's account)
1 as a result of an apparent heart attack
1 of cancer
The youngest death by apparent suicide at Guantanamo was Yassser Talal Al Zahrani who was captured at age 16 and died at age 21.
  • Number of FBI agents who reported abusive treatment of Guantanamo prisoners: More than 200
  • Number of military prosecutors who resigned or requested reassignment as of September 2008 because of concerns that the Guantanamo military commissions were unjust: 7
  • Number of prisoners tortured in CIA secret prisons overseas before transfer to Guantananmo: At least 26
  • Longest Hunger Strike by prisoner: 8 years and still going
  • Number of terrorism suspects prosecuted in federal court since 9/11: More than 500
  • Amount spent to run the Guantanamo military commissions in 2013: $116.3 million.
  • Number of  senior government officials have been held accountable for the wrongful detention and torture at Guantánamo: 0
  • It now costs $454 million per year to keep Guantánamo open. The Pentagon will have spent $5.242 billion on the prison by the end of 2014.

    Today's cost to abuse, imprison, and deny basic human rights (and all civil rights), of those left to languish in Guantanamo, goes way beyond the taxpayer's cost of upkeep, guards and housing of America's hostages.  It will cost billions of dollars in continued terrorist acts by those incited by the simple fact of Guantanamo; it will continue to cost the lives of innocents caught in the crossfire between the imperialism of America and the extremists created by that imperialism; it will continue to destroy any attempt at "good will", peaceful co-existence, and global harmony we, as a nation, claim to desire.

    As long as it remains open, Guantanamo Bay Detention Center will continue to shout to the universe that America is not exceptional and those of us in America are anything but exceptional - we continue to ignore it, justify its existence, and allow it to remain open.  


    This is not the first time I have written about Guantanamo's prison camp.  Sadly, I don't believe it will be the last time.  I will keep writing until America grows a soul and a conscience; Until we finally demand the prisoners at Guantanamo be released or tried fairly; And until that prison at Guantanamo is finally and forever closed.


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