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Postre: Cuba: The Guantánamo Detainees (Paul Davis, New Zealand) (John Eipper, USA, 03/12/07 6:10 pm)
Miles Seeley wrote on 12 March:
"I would also like comments from WAISers about something I read
(unattributed) on the internet: namely, that some of these [Guant namo]
prisoners were turned over to US forces by 'bounty hunters' who were paid
for nabbing suspects."
Paul Davis responds:
I tracked one mention I recalled to the "REPORT ON GUANTANAMO
DETAINEES, A Profile of 517 Detainees through Analysis of Department of
Defense Data" from Mark Denbeaux, Seton Hall University School of Law.
The pdf is on http://law.shu.edu/news/guantanamo_report_final_2_08_06.pdf.
I have not
chased the footnoted sources.
From the Executive Summary, page 2: "Only 5% of the detainees were
captured by United States forces. 86% of the detainees were arrested
by either Pakistan or the Northern Alliance and turned over to United
States custody. This 86% of the detainees captured by Pakistan or the
Northern Alliance were handed over to the United States at a time in
which the United States offered large bounties for capture of suspected
From page 15:
"The United States promised (and apparently paid) large sums of money
for the capture of persons identified as enemy combatants in
Afghanistan and Pakistan. One representative flyer, distributed in
Afghanistan, states: 'Get wealth and power beyond your dreams....You
can receive millions of dollars helping the anti-Taliban forces catch
al-Qaeda and Taliban murderers. This is enough money to take care of
your family, your village, your tribe for the rest of your life. Pay
for livestock and doctors and school books and housing for all your
people.' Bounty hunters or reward-seekers handed people over to
American or Northern Alliance soldiers in the field, often soon after
disappearing; as a result, there was little opportunity on the
field to verify the story of an individual who presented the detainee
in response to the bounty award. Where that story constitutes the
sole basis for an individual s detention in Guantanamo, there would be
little ability either for the Government to corroborate or a detainee
to refute such an allegation. As shall be seen in consideration of
the Uighers, the Government has found detainees to be enemy combatants
based upon the information provided by the bounty hunters. As to the
Uighers, at least, there is no doubt that bounties were paid for the
capture and detainment of individuals who were not enemy combatants."
Denbeaux also has a second report, "Inter- and Intra-Departmental
Disagreements About Who Is Our Enemy,"
pointing out that 64 of the 72 groups to whom "affiliation" would
apparently be sufficient
cause to be detained indefinitely at Guantanamo are not on either or
both of the State Department or the Patriot Act lists of terrorist
organisations. 52 of these groups are not on either departments' list.
JE comments: We have heard from Mark Denbeaux before, and he certainly
makes some strong accusations about Guant namo. Can anyone tell us more
about him? Are there sources other than Denbeaux to confirm the paying of
bounties to those who rounded up prisoners (primarily, it would appear, in
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John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA