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March 6, 2006

Gitmo transcripts now available online

Filed under: Legal Issues,Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Christian Beckner on March 6, 2006

The Defense Department released thousands of pages of records of transcripts of tribunal proceedings for Guantanamo detainees last Friday, as noted in the LA Times:

The records provide the most comprehensive view to date of the Guantanamo prison population, as well as an exhaustive catalog of the U.S. government’s charges against detainees who — in page after page of tribunal proceeding transcripts — protest their treatment and proclaim their innocence.

The records render portraits of more than 300 current and former detainees. Some described themselves as farmers or low-level Taliban foot soldiers; some were accused by their U.S. captors of having attended Al Qaeda training camps and of being associates of senior terrorist operatives.

These documents provide an opportunity for meaningful open-source analysis of terrorist omtivations and tactics – valuable information for people in state and local governments and the private sector who are trying to assess threats to critical infrastructure.

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