Remember: Guantanamo Detainees Not Proven Guilty or Even Charged With a Crime


Most “Enemy Combatants” at Guantanamo Bay have never actually been charged with a crime.

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA – SEPTEMBER 16: A U.S. military guard moves an ‘enemy combatant’ within the detention center on September 16, 2010 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

By JG Vibes
April 15, 2013

Over the past several weeks the situation at Guantanamo Bay has gotten very ugly.  Detainees are protesting their imprisonment and cruel treatment with a hunger strike, and are being attacked and force fed by guards as a result. 

The attitude among many people, especially in America, has been one of indifference, because people actually believe that these detainees deserve what they are getting.

However, many of these people don’t understand that all of these Guantanamo Bay detainees have never been found guilty of any crime, or even charged with a crime to begin with.  They just happen to be captured and declared an enemy combatant by the government one day and taken to a torture camp. 

It is probably true that some of the prisoners are guilty, even a broken clock is right twice a day, but a good number of them are probably innocent, and even a guilty person deserves due process.

Some of the detainees where children when captured, throughout the prisons dark history there have been multiple cases of children as young as 12 or 13 years old who were either tortured or sold for bounties, as was the case with Abdul Qudus.  In fact, although the prison still holds nearly 200 people, almost 1000 have passed through, and many of them were proven innocent and released years after being declared an “enemy combatant” and submitting to torture and imprisonment.

Over the years the military dungeons at Guantanamo Bay have become largely forgotten by the general population back home in the US.  Since the election of Barack Obama many of the people who protest wars and the inhumane acts of the military industrial complex are now silent as if nothing has ever happened.

Obama’s supporters have failed to even call him out for breaking a promise to close Guantanamo.  In fact, many of them actually believe that he did close it, simply taking a politicians word at face value without even doing the research.  This same fallacy has led many to believe that the war in Iraq is over, and that the US governments pillaging of the Middle East and Africa is winding down.


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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter-culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer, reporter for and Executive Producer of the Bob Tuskin Radio Show. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website

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