The Road To Guantanamo

Like many Americans, I've often wondered about what's going on down at Guantanamo Bay. Who's there? How is one determined to be enough of a threat to be sent there and stripped of all rights? What are the conditions? Are we abiding by the Geneva Conventions?

Tonight I watched the docudrama "The Road To Guantanamo". I will preface what I'm about to say by stating that I have no clue how much of this film is true. I don't know if there was a bias. I don't know if the three main characters in the film are telling the truth.

All that being said, this movie struck a MAJOR chord with me. I'm fully aware and no longer question the fact that George Bush and his cabinet are a bunch of lying crooks. They've basically admitted to torture. They've hidden so much from the American public that it's absolutely despicable. They lied about Iraq. Then again, they lie every single day.

"The Road To Guantanamo" is the story of three British men who were wrongly sent to Guantanamo Bay. They were friends on their way to a wedding in Pakistan when things turned terribly wrong. Their curiosity brought them to Afghanistan. When they tried to return to Pakistan for their friends' wedding, they were caught in Afghanistan right when the American bombings were at an apex. They tried to get out, but they couldn't. They were eventually sent to Guantanamo and spent over two years there. They were tortured. They weren't allowed lawyers, contact with their families or any of the rights that are supposedly the tenets of the American justice system.

After 24 plus months in horrid conditions, they were finally cleared and released. They were changed men, but apparently void of anger. They grew stronger. They wanted to move on with their lives. If the majority (or all) of this film is true, I can't imagine how these men aren't seething with rage and anti-American sentiments. And if these men truly aren't, there are many out there who are. And many of these folks sympathized and stood alongside us after September 11th. But no longer. And we can thank Mr. Bush for that.