In the midst of this discussion it occurred to me that the one thing that never is expressed in such discussions about the prisoners at Guantanamo is that they are not all the same. The implication in all the discussion of these men is that they are all like Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, in other words, a committed Al-Qa'ida Islamic terrorist and/or leader of terrorists.
This is not the case. There are perhaps fifty people at Gitmo who fit the KSM model, but there are other categories. There are some few additional KSM types who early on "threw in the towel" and who have been extremely cooperative with US intelligence. There are some who are mentally ill by anyone's standards.
In addition, there are many among the prisoners who are really just poor "schmucks" who were "vacuumed up" in the first years after 9/11 and sent to Guantanamo by administrative fiat of relatively junior officers in the field. Many of these prisoners were handed over by foreign governments eager to demonstrate helpfulness. Usually these prisoners were foreigners in the countries that "shopped them." The "evidence" against this category usually consists of the uncorroborated statement of the individual concerned recounting his wanderings in such places as Afghanistan and Pakistan. Such statements can be endlessly interpreted in favor of detention by successive "waves" of interviewers and boards of review unwilling to take responsibility for release.
These prisoners are caught in a Limbo that might have been designed by Kafka. Not surprisingly, many of these people feel like the Chihuahua. pl