The Daily Roundup

12 Apr

Former President Bush (and by implication, President Obama) knew that the majority of detainees at Guantanamo were innocent, Lawrence Wilkerson, an aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, wrote in a sworn statement.

The imprisoned innocents were essentially the cost of doing business, according to Wilkerson.

From the London Times story.

Referring to Mr Cheney, Colonel Wilkerson, who served 31 years in the US Army, asserted: “He had absolutely no concern that the vast majority of Guantánamo detainees were innocent … If hundreds of innocent individuals had to suffer in order to detain a handful of hardcore terrorists, so be it.”

He alleged that for Mr Cheney and Mr Rumsfeld “innocent people languishing in Guantánamo for years was justified by the broader War on Terror and the small number of terrorists who were responsible for the September 11 attacks”.

Defenders of Guantánamo said that detainees began to be released as early as September 2002, nine months after the first prisoners were sent to the jail at the US naval base in Cuba. By the time Mr Bush left office more than 530 detainees had been freed.

A spokesman for Mr Bush said of Colonel Wilkerson’s allegations: “We are not going to have any comment on that.” A former associate to Mr Rumsfeld said that Mr Wilkerson’s assertions were completely untrue.

KFC has released the double-down. I do not recommend you eat it, if you want to live.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is falling behind in the polls in his state of Nevada.

A neat slideshow of the best libraries in America.

The Catholic Church in Connecticut is fighting a bill that would remove the statute of limitations of sex abuse cases. I simply cannot believe the way the Catholic Church has reacted to this crisis. It boggles my mind.

The Church is suppose to be an institution that hears the cry of the oppressed, that makes right what is wrong. This should not be happening.

American soldiers killed five civilians in Afghanistan today. The killings are likely to increase anger at the American presence in the region and will spur critics, who have been emboldened this past week since Wikileaks released a video (which I wrote about here) showing American soldiers killing Iraqi civilians (including two journalists) from Apache helicopters.

Wikileaks also plans to release video showing an American bomb strike that killed 86 Afghan civilians.

And finally, Conan O’Brien will be back on television in November on TBS. I’m happy, and I hope you are too.

That’s The Daily Roundup. Have a great evening.

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