Guardian The foundations of the guilt of the remaining 113, whom US politicians often refer to as the “worst of the worst” terrorists, involves a degree of faith in the Pakistani and Afghan spies, warlords and security services who initially captured 98 of the remaining Guantánamo population. by Spencer Ackerman
'According to an analysis of long-neglected US military capture information,
68 of the residual Guantánamo detainees were captured by Pakistani
security forces or apparent informants. Another 30 were sent to the
notorious wartime facility by forces from Afghanistan – mostly warlords
and affiliates of early US efforts to topple the Taliban after 9/11.
'No US official nor human rights critic believes all 116 detainees are
innocent of all terrorism charges. Yet the reality that nearly 85% of
detentions at Guantánamo stem from foreign partners with their own
interests in round-ups – overwhelmingly of Arab men in south Asian
countries – rarely factors into the heated rhetoric from conservative
politicians who warn of dire consequences should Barack Obama finally
close the facility.
'Senator Kelly Ayotte said
in March that “most of the remaining Guantánamo detainees are the worst
of the worst terrorists”, in a typical sentiment echoed this week by
her Republican colleagues.'