Bush’s Story: Guantanamo Bay Held “the Most Dangerous” Terrorists to Keep Americans Safe

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[Still from George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum “War On Terror” Film, video captured May 3-4, 2013]

Bush Library: “Terrorists” Held In “Custody So They Cannot Murder Our People.” In a video produced by the Bush W. Presidential Library and Museum, President Bush said, “Some of these individuals have been taken to the United States naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They are in our custody so they cannot murder our people. In additional to the terrorists held at Guantanamo, a small number of suspected terrorist leaders and operatives captured during the war have been held and questioned outside the United States in a separate program operated by the Central Intelligence Agency.” [George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, video taken on May 3-4, 2013]

Bush’s Vice President, Dick Cheney, Called Detainees “The Worst Of A Very Bad Lot.” According to the New York Times: “‘There’s another school of thought that says the Geneva Convention does not apply to terrorist attacks,’ Mr. Cheney said. ‘It was set up to deal with a war between sovereign states. It’s got provisions for dealing with civil war. But in a case where you have nonstate actors out to kill civilians, then there’s a serious question whether or not the Geneva Convention even applies…The bottom line is that the legal issue is being debated between the lawyers. It will go to the president. He’ll make a decision.’ ‘The detainees are being treated humanely,’ he said, adding: ‘These are the worst of a very bad lot. They are very dangerous. They are devoted to killing millions of Americans, innocent Americans, if they can, and they are perfectly prepared to die in the effort.’” [New York Times, 1/28/02]

Donald Rumsfeld: Detainees “Among The Most Dangerous, Best Trained, Vicious Killers On The Face Of The Earth.” According to the New York Times, “Mr. Rumsfeld told reporters traveling with him today to Guantánamo, ‘There is no ambiguity in this case.’ ‘They are not P.O.W.’s,’ he said before touring the United States naval base at Guantánamo, where 158 prisoners from Afghanistan are being held. ‘They will not be determined to be P.O.W.’s.’ Mr. Rumsfeld said he was touring the detention center, known as Camp X-Ray, not so much to inspect the conditions as to buck up the troops who are guarding the prisoners, whom he called ‘among the most dangerous, best trained, vicious killers on the face of the earth.’” [New York Times, 1/28/02]

Donald Rumsfeld Claimed “All” Detainees “Were Captured On A Battlefield.” According to a Department of Defense news transcript, in an interview with KMBZ News Radio 980, Secretary Rumsfeld said, “If you think of the people down there, these are people all of whom were captured on a battlefield. They’re terrorists, trainers, bomb makers, recruiters, financiers, UBL’s body guards, would-be suicide bombers, probably the 20th hijacker, 9/11 hijacker. We’re learning a great deal of information about how al-Qaida operates, and able to stop other terrorist attacks. The transparency’s just been enormous.” [Department of Defense, 6/27/05]