by Andy Worthington
On Thursday, in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Judge Richard Leon, an appointee of President George W. Bush, delivered a major blow to the outgoing administration’s “war on terror” detention policies by ordering the immediate release of five Algerian-born Bosnian prisoners at Guantánamo, after concluding that the government had provided no credible evidence that, as was alleged, the men intended to travel to Afghanistan to take up arms against U.S. forces.
The case of the Bosnian Algerians has long been one of the more surreal episodes in Guantánamo’s long and undistinguished history of wanton cruelty and intelligence failures.
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