Last week Little Scottie said:
We know that these are dangerous terrorists that are being kept at Guantanamo Bay. They are people that are determined to harm innocent civilians, or harm innocent Americans. They were enemy combatants picked up on the battlefield in the war on terrorism.
Now, thanks to a federal judge’s order, we will find out how many of those detained in Cuba are “dangerous terrorists” and how many are shepherds, taxi drivers, and shopkeepers sold to US forces by Afghan warlords.
A federal judge ordered the Pentagon on Thursday to release the identities of hundreds of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to The Associated Press, a move that would force the government to break its secrecy and reveal the most comprehensive list yet of those who have been imprisoned there.
The military has never officially released the names of any prisoners except the 10 who have been charged.
Most of those that are known emerged from the approximately 400 civil suits filed on behalf of prisoners by lawyers who got their names from family or other prisoners, said Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, which represents about 200 detainees.
“They have been very resistant to releasing the names,” Ratner said. “There are still people there who don’t have a lawyer and we don’t know who they are. They have disappeared.”
The Defense Department said it would obey the judge’s order. “The DOD will be complying with the judge’s decision in this matter,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman.
Law experts said the case has wide-ranging implications.
“The government has tried to maintain Guantanamo as a black hole since they opened it,” said Jonathan Hafetz of the New York University School of Law. “This is bringing it within the mainstream of the justice system and says we’re not going to have secret detentions at Guantanamo.”