About 90 prisoners have been cleared for transfer out of Guantánamo. Some of them are from countries like Syria or China — where they would face torture if sent home — or Yemen, which the United States considers unstable. And so they sit as captives, with no end in sight — not because they are dangerous, not because they attacked America, but because the stigma of Guantánamo means they have no place to go, and America will not give a home to even one of them.
1. Americans assume all the folks down there are guilty.
2. Americans believe their secret police (CIA) never make mistakes. They never drone missile the wrong house, they never lock up the innocent man.
3. Americans are willing to suffer these mistakes because they’ve been led to believe the world is a more dangerous place than it is.
4. Keeping folks in a place of fear is essential to the construction of the surveillance state, which our fearless leaders are engaged in regardless of party. We have to watch your internet communications, we have to listen in on your conversations, etc.
To keep you safe.