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05/02/2011 12:35 pm ET | Updated Jul 01, 2011

It's Not About Human Rights: Leaked Documents Reveal Reasons Behind America's Decision to Release Gitmo Prisoners

NPR reported on hundreds of alleged terrorists who were released from the notorious prison at Guantanamo Bay where they'd been held since 2002. Prisoners were not released by the U. S. for humanitarian reasons. Rather, both the Bush and Obama administrations felt pressure from other countries to release the men.

In response to that pressure, those in charge of the prison at Guantanamo Bay came up with a rating system that classified each prisoner with a rating of low, moderate, or high based on: 1) whether continued imprisonment was warranted, and 2) how likely the men were to revert to terrorist activity.

Despite the established classification system, documents now available to the public reveal that prison administrators at Guantanamo Bay released hundreds of the men to other countries without much regard for their individual classification, even though many of the men released were rated "high risk" for reverting to terror activity.

There is no such ranking system in America's federal prison system. Regardless of how long an individual has served, or whether circumstances have changed, our federal prison system does not make an effort to determine whether continued incarceration is warranted for individual offenders.
Those behind the prison industrial complex ensure that once a person comes into the web of imprisonment, there isn't any way out.

Foreign countries can exert pressure to release suspected terrorists, but no mechanisms exist for nonviolent American prisoners to work toward earning freedom. I am one of 2.3 million people trapped within this system of "corrections." Yet, regardless of how hard I work to earn freedom, all that matters is the turning of calendar pages. As I move deeper into my 285th consecutive month of imprisonment, I feel a growing sense of injustice.

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