Administration Exaggerated Danger of Guantanamo Detainees
Remember when Dick Cheney told the world that the captives at Guantamo represented "the worst of a very bad lot?" Guess what? It wasn't true. The New York Times reports that the Adminstration's dangerousness claims as to the Guantanamo detainees were seriously exaggerated:
...an examination by The New York Times has found that government and military officials have repeatedly exaggerated both the danger the detainees posed and the intelligence they have provided. In interviews, dozens of high-level military, intelligence and law-enforcement officials in the United States, Europe and the Middle East said that contrary to the repeated assertions of senior administration officials, none of the detainees at the United States Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay ranked as leaders or senior operatives of Al Qaeda. They said only a relative handful — some put the number at about a dozen, others more than two dozen — were sworn Qaeda members or other militants able to elucidate the organization's inner workings.
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