-Reuters, Nov. 12, 2008
“We cannot sweep this dark chapter in our nation’s history under the rug by simply closing the Guantánamo prison camp,” said one of the study’s authors, Eric Stover.
-KGO-AM, Nov. 12, 2008 by R.J. Peruman
“We interviewed 62 former detainees in 9 countries. On average those detainees had spent 3 years in Guantanamo,” said Eric Stover.
“We feel that the findings here warrant a full and complete investigation and are therefore calling for an independent, nonpartisan commission,” said Laurel Fletcher.
-National Journal, Nov. 12, 2008 by Amy Harder
Establishing the commission right away would “create a very strong symbolic message to the American public and to our international community that the Obama administration is going to turn the page on this dark chapter and is willing to take a critical look at the last eight years about what went wrong and what went right,” Fletcher said.
Stover said the commission would include a wide range of experts on subjects such as constitutional and military law, public health and medicine. Who those experts should be, and how many of them should be selected, is for the Obama administration to decide, Stover said.
-Mother Jones, Nov. 12, 2008 by Bruce Falconer
“This is not a witch hunt,” said Laurel Fletcher…. “But it is a recommendation that will lead to a serious examination of both what’s gone right and what’s gone wrong, and how to make it better. We believe that Guantanamo cannot be swept under the rug.”