Guantánamo Parole Board Clears Victim of Mistaken Identity – After 13 Years

Now look at him, Detainee 434 Mustafa al Shamiri
Now look at him, Detainee 434 Mustafa al Shamiri

This story makes me so angry that I can’t even come up with my usual snarky introduction. I only weep.

The Guantánamo parole board approved the release of a Yemeni “forever prisoner,” dismissing intelligence that imprisoned the man for 13 years without trial. And if that level of evil and scorn for justice doesn’t radicalize a 100 people to join ISIS, then nothing can.

The so-called Gitmo Periodic Review Board heard the case of Mustafa al Shamiri, 37. Intelligence analysts, I’ll say it again, 13 years ago, wrongly labeled him as a high level al-Qaida guy, because his name was similar to actual extremists. For 13 years of hell, like some modern-day Jean Valjean, he was known only as Detainee 434 by his American jailers.

“In making this determination, the board noted that the most derogatory prior assessments regarding the detainee’s activities before detention have been discredited, and the current information shows that the detainee has low-level military capability.”

The military says the U.S. “ally” Northern Alliance captured Shamiri in Afghanistan in late November 2001 and held him for a time in a crammed fortress near Mazar-i-Sharif. He was then rendered over to the U.S. Such renditions were typically paid for in cash bounty by the U.S. to stock up its offshore penal colony.

Peter Van Buren blew the whistle on State Department waste and mismanagement during Iraqi reconstruction in his first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. His latest book is Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent. Reprinted from the his blog with permission.

3 thoughts on “Guantánamo Parole Board Clears Victim of Mistaken Identity – After 13 Years”

  1. I’m sorry Mustafa.

    I honestly don’t know what else to say but I think every American needs to say it.

    & we need to get the rest of his former inmates out NOW! Not tomorrow, not next week but now. Enough is enough. These are human beings not garbage, we can’t just throw them away. Put up or shut up Obama.

  2. Justice delayed is justice denied . I certainly hope Mustafa al Shamiri can sue for substantial damages and win them , and that one day the torturers and the desktop destroyers of lives will stand in the dock themselves for war crimes / crimes against humanity .

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