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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:59 PM
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13. Guardian: What are the Guantánamo Bay files? Understanding the prisoner dossiers
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 11:00 PM by Hissyspit
http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/25/what-are-guan...

What are the Guantánamo Bay files? Understanding the prisoner dossiers

David Leigh, the Guardian's investigations editor, explains the files and how in key cases they expose official lies

The Guantánamo Bay files spell out the Americans' suspicions about individual detainees' involvement with terrorism, their intelligence value and the threat they are considered to pose if released.
David Leigh
guardian.co.uk, Mon 25 Apr 2011 03.45 BST
The Guantánamo files consists of 759 "detainee assessment" dossiers written between 2002 and 2009 and sent up through the military hierarchy to the US Southern Command headquarters in Miami. They appear to cover all but 20 of the prisoners.

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All the detainee assessments are classified "secret" but sometimes they mention separate, more sensitive "secret compartmented intelligence" (SCI) dossiers held elsewhere.

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The files spell out the extent of involvement US authorities believe each detainee has had with al-Qaida, the Taliban or other terror groups, an assessment of their intelligence value and the threat they are considered to pose if released. In each case they also make a recommendation for the future detention, release or transfer of the detainee.

Material presented as "evidence" in the assessments must be treated with scepticism as a number of files contain information known to have been extracted under torture, which has in several cases subsequently been found unreliable.

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