Uruguay's President Jose Mujica is not playing the empire's game by taking in these men.
President Mujica knows a lot about indefinite imprisonment. During the 1970s and early 80s he was imprisoned by his country's military rulers for some 13 years. For several years he was confined to the bottom of an old, emptied horse-watering trough. Held in solitary, he developed auditory hallucinations and paranoia. When Uruguayan democracy was restored, Mujica became a populist politician and eventually was elected President.
Mujica's background points up the absurdity of John Kerry, Bush-era war criminals, and various current Republican office holders whining that release of the Senate committee's report on CIA torture will shock the world and thereby somehow make it a more dangerous place than it already is. People around the world know what the United States does. The people of Uruguay in particular know far too much about torture.
It's not from the likes of President Mujica that our rulers want to hide the full truth. It's from we the people of the United States.
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