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America’s Greatest Shame


I was going to wait until I finished this book to post about it, but I’m compelled to post at the beginning.  In the foreword of Witnesses of the Unseen begins this way.  Lakhdar Boumediene and Mustafa Ait Idir were arrested in Bosnia shortly after 9/11.  Accused of participating in a plot to attack the American embassy in Sarajevo, the two were exonerated after a months long investigation by Interpol.  Unfortunately …

“As Lakhdar and Mustafa exited the jail, relieved to have finally been exonerated and eager to reunited with their families, they were instead met by American special forces who threw bags over their heads.  Unbeknownst to them, Bosnia’s prime minister had been given an ultimatum in a meeting with General David Petraeus, General John Sylvester, and Deputy U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hoh: turn over Lakhdar and Mustafa, or ‘let God protect Bosnia.'”

The two were then strip-searched, beaten, and sent to Guantanamo where they languished for seven years without charges.

General Petraeus — a man who has been held up as a leading light by both Democrats and Republicans, until he was caught passing confidential information to his reporter mistress — was instrumental in sending these two innocent men to Guantanamo.  He’s really not much of a hero anymore.

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5 responses to “America’s Greatest Shame

  1. pinklightsabre May 11, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Well, America’s Greatest Shame (like other countries) is probably more a catalog isn’t it? Maybe ours is a series of Dead bootlegs. Those are pretty exhaustive and tedious after a time.

  2. Kevin Brennan May 12, 2017 at 7:58 am

    I agree with Bill, it’s a big book of wrong, but the Bush Era abuses are right up there. Remember the guy who was abducted in Milan and then taken to a black site in, was it Syria?! Oh man … And there are about 55 people still locked up in Guantanamo.

    • kingmidget May 12, 2017 at 11:23 am

      The Bush Era was a catalog of horrors for those of us who think American principles actually are supposed to mean something. There are plenty of stories about people being kidnapped and then ending up in Guantanamo for years without charges. And likely even more who went to those black sites. Just disgusting.

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