Analysis: Remember the Charges Before You Reassess W.'s Legacy

By Conor Friedersdorf

April 26, 2013

With the Bush Administration's legacy being revisited, it's worth taking another look at a story that surfaced a couple of years ago and was, for reasons I don't understand, immediately forgotten.

Retired Colonel Lawrence B. Wilkerson, who served the Bush Administration as a senior official in the State Department with access to classified documents and the most senior White House officials, was willing to testify, and formally declared under penalty of perjury, that many of the prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay were taken into custody "without regard for whether they were truly enemy combatants, or in fact whether many of them were enemies at all."

His declaration, filed in the spring of 2010 in a D.C. federal court, asserted that "of the initial 742 detainees that had arrived at Guantánamo, the majority of them had never seen a U.S. soldier in the process of their initial detention and their captivity had not been subjected to any meaningful review."

He proceeded to list some of the reasons that the Bush Administration's failed to release the innocent prisoners. Read the rest at TheAtlantic.com.


By Conor Friedersdorf

April 26, 2013

http://www.govexec.com/management/2013/04/analysis-remember-charges-you-reassess-ws-legacy/62811/