Monday, April 25, 2011

Guantanamo, Where “High Risk” Does Not Always Mean High Risk

The Guardian gets right to the point and states that “Innocent people interrogated for years on slimmest pretexts… children, elderly and mentally ill among those wrongfully held.” In the hands of Tom Lasseter and Carol Rosenberg, the files are seen as revealing a clumsy and confusing intelligence situation at Guantanamo, with the threat assessment criteria “made up as they went along.” But other outlets have focused on the release of “high risk” prisoners, without really assessing what “high risk” means in that context, or how it was derived.

The Wikileaks documents show Guantanamo to be a miserable failure. But it’s how that failure is spun that matters to make a credible analysis of the situation.