Lawrence Wilkerson, a Republican who served as chief of staff for then Secretary of State Colin Powell, admitted that many men presently in Guantanamo are innocent and the only crime they ever committed was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. In his discussions with military officials, they admitted they knew some of the men were innocent, but they had a plan. “It did not matter if the detainee was innocent. Indeed, because he lived in Afghanistan and was captured on or near the battle area, he must know something of importance”was the assumption of men raised in the United States of America which has a Constitution based on innocence until proven guilty!! Wilkerson, says “US leadership became aware of this lack of proper vetting very early on and thus, of the reality that many of the detainees were innocent of any substantial wrongdoing, had little intelligence value, and should be immediately released.
Wilkerson claims Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld know of this but refused to do anything because it would damage the Republican presidency. Wilkerson says at present we can not try those who are guilty because they were tortured and the evidence will not stand up in a court of law.