Revealed: Most Guantanamo Detainees Captured By Warlords, Not US Military

Of the 116 men currently detained at Guantánamo Bay military prison, only three were captured by U.S. forces, while the rest were apprehended by foreign spies and warlords—new revelations which cast yet another layer of doubt on the veracity of their alleged crimes and the general purpose of the facility.

According to a Guardian analysis of U.S. military capture information, nearly 85 percent of detentions at Guantánamo Bay come from “foreign partners with their own interests in round-ups—overwhelmingly of Arab men in south Asian countries.”

“The foundations of the guilt of the remaining 113…involves a degree of faith in the Pakistani and Afghan spies, warlords and security services,” writes the Guardian‘s Spencer Ackerman.

In addition to Pakistan and Afghanistan, other countries that have sent detainees to Guantánamo Bay include Georgia, Turkey, Mauritania, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Thailand, Somalia, Kenya, and Iran, Ackerman writes.

It has been known for years that many of the men were sold to the U.S. for a bounty, a practice which Amnesty International in 2007 said created a “culture in Pakistan where abductions, unlawful detentions, enforced disappearances, torture and deaths in custody occur with total impunity.”

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Even still, many U.S. officials continue to take the position that those being held at Guantánamo Bay are “the worst of the worst” terrorists, as Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) recently said, even as dozens of detainees await freedom after being cleared for release.

However, Ackerman notes, that sentiment is not shared among U.S. officials who are ‘in the know’:

President Barack Obama, who campaigned on a promise to close Guantánamo Bay during his first year in office, in July was reportedly in “the final stages” of planning to shut down the facility. But as Common Dreams reported earlier this month, the Pentagon has intervened in at least a few cases to prevent the release of a hunger-striking inmate and several detainees who have already been cleared to go home.

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