Update 2:CJR has republished their story of the al-Jazeera journalist held for six years without charge, here. Six years without charge and all the United States ever asked him about was his work with al-Jazeera and the networks methods of news gathering.
Amy Davidson writes in the New Yorker, here.
And Digby notes the mainstream media’s take on the publication on the GITMO files:
Meanwhile, members of CNN’s best political team on television, the conservative Dana Loesch and liberal Cornell Belcher agreed that Wikileaks’ release of these documents was terrible (no word on the newspapers that published them) and that they show that the prisoners were very dangerous people who deserved to be there. NPR is reporting that Obama released the worst of the worst. So I assume that’s that.
Nothing to see here, move along. Clap louder. And Reese Witherspoon has gained weight.
I don’t have anything to add on GITMO than what I’ve already said. But there is big news, as Wikileaks has published files on all the prisoners. The Wikileaks files can be found here.
From the BBC: Many at Guantanamo ‘not dangerous’
On why we kept a 15 year old prisoner: U.S. kept Khadr at Gitmo to grill him
Emptywheel on Abu Zubaydah: The Gitmo Files: Abu Zubaydah’s File
And the New York Times: Classified Files Offer New Insights Into Detainees
From The Atlantic Wire: What We’ve Learned So Far from the WikiLeaks Guantanamo Files
Update: Glennzilla is scorching today:
The idea of trusting the government to imprison people for life based on secret, untested evidence never reviewed by a court should repel any decent or minimally rational person, but these newly released files demonstrate how warped is this indefinite detention policy specifically.
And Emptywheel has more.
Dafna Linzer here: In Gitmo Opinion, Two Versions of Reality
And the WaPo on why Obama failed to close GITMO: Guantanamo Bay: Why Obama hasn’t fulfilled his promise to close the facility