An Algerian man who was held at Guantanamo prison for years just arrived in his adoptive country of Bosnia declaring that Guantanamo was the worst prison in the world. “For almost seven years, I was at the end of the world, at the worse place in the world.”Perhaps, the worst aspect of his imprisonment is failure on the part of the Bush administration to present any evidence Mustafa Ait Idir has committed any act of terrorism except to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. “It would have been hard even if I had done something wrong but it is much harder(when one is innocent.)” He was released on order of a federal judge. It took a judge to admit the United States had been wrong to place innocent people in jail, but, George Bush who could not recall any mistake he ever had made, would be the last person to admit an error.
The long nightmare of Guantanamo will soon be over. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is preparing to close down the prison and has the enthusiastic support of Barack Obama. However, it is not morally correct that the men who created this monstrosity which is a blot on the reputation of America are allowed to go free. Perhaps, the prison should be kept open another year or so and Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld be placed in it, under the same conditions faced by prisoners, so they can first hand experience what they did.
Since Dick Cheney does not consider waterboarding to be torture a round or two of it would help to allow the vice president to reflect.