Uruguay’s President Publicly Shamed the U.S into Releasing 6 Detainees from the Evils of Guantánamo*

 

 

Obama keeps saying no country will take Guantanamo detainees. Uruguay called his bluff.

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Uruguay’s President Publicly Shamed the U.S into Releasing 6 Detainees from the Evils of Guantánamo*

By Glenn Greenwald

The U.S. military overnight transferred six Guantánamo detainees to Uruguay. All of them had been imprisoned since 2002 – more than 12 years. None has ever been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of any wrongdoing. They had all been cleared for release years ago by the Pentagon itself, but nonetheless remained in cages until today.

Among the released detainees is Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Lebanese-born Syrian national and father of four who was seized by the Pakistani police and turned over to the U.S. in 2002 for what was reportedly a large bounty. He was cleared for release in 2009 – five years ago – and has repeatedly gone on hunger strikes inside the camp to protest his treatment. At the age of 43, he has become physically debilitated. As the human…

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5 thoughts on “Uruguay’s President Publicly Shamed the U.S into Releasing 6 Detainees from the Evils of Guantánamo*

  1. Well, sure. Pretty much. Actually, I’m not sure what you mean – my reply just cautions against .viewing Latin America through a historical haze.

    But Uruguay – yeah, this is probably the most meaningful (and courageous) action it could take. That it stands alone points to how recently a virtual coalition of Latin American resistance lost its muscle. It had really (oh, add Argentina and Peru to the above) achieved the clout to put the brakes on the U.S’ most aggressive.agenda. But now Venezuela is shot to shit and a new cast of CIA-approved dictators waits in the wings.

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