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This review is from: Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay And The Secret Prisons (Paperback)
Until I read Clive Stafford Smith's book about Guantanamo, I was of the opinion that Henry Kissinger was the world's most wicked man, mainly because of his part in the overthrow of the Allende government in Chile, but also for his totally amoral attitude towards the benefit to his country of its actions, right or wrong.
This book has convinced me that Donald Rumsfeld and the rest of the senior mambers of the George W Bush administration (not Dubbya himself - he's too stupid to carry blame, only scorn) have taken over that accolade.
Mr Stafford Smith's book makes grim, but utterly compelling, reading. He has been lawyer to several of the Guantanamo prisoners and he highlights both the cruelty and utter incompetence of the facility and of those who controlled it in the Bush years. The disgraceful subterfuge of 'rendering' (awful word) prisoners to allied countries prepared to use fearful torture, thus absolving the USA administration from actual involvement in this, is also highlighted.
It's a well-written book, filled with righteous indignation, which every reader without a personal agenda on the issue of terror should share on reading it.
Mr Stafford Smith is to be congratulated on his bravery in writing this important book.
Clearly, Barack Obama shares this view of Guantanamo (though he's too diplomatic to say so in as many words). His vow to close the prison seems to me his best act, among many good acts, of his first 100 days.