Afghans Bitter Over Guantanamo Detention
Two Afghans just freed from U.S. military custody expressed bitterness Friday at being sent to prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without being questioned first at home — asserting they could easily have proven their innocence.
But even in Afghanistan, they are still being held. The men, among a dozen prisoners released this week, were held for nearly a year without charges or access to lawyers. Upon release from Guantanamo, they received no apology or compensation for their time in the high-security prison on suspicion of links to the Taliban or al-Qaida terror network. In an interview with The Associated Press, they described their treatment in U.S. custody as fair — with decent meals and permission to pray — but said they should never have been taken to Cuba. “I’m just angry that the Americans waited until we were in Guantanamo to interrogate us. Had they questioned us here in Afghanistan, it would have saved us a lot of trouble,” said 28-year-old Mohammad Tahir. Full Story