April 09, 2010 — Former United States President George W. Bush is being accused of covering up innocent people from being imprisoned. The accusations have come from a former senior member of the Bush administration, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson. The administration allegedly covered it up, fearing that it would weaken their push for war in Iraq.
Guantanamo Bay prison cover-up
George W. Bush ‘knew Guantánamo prisoners were innocent’
by Tim Reid
9 April, 2010
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld covered up that hundreds of innocent men were sent to the Guantánamo Bay prison camp because they feared that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq and the broader War on Terror, according to a new document obtained by The Times.
The accusations were made by Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to Colin Powell, the former Republican Secretary of State, in a signed declaration to support a lawsuit filed by a Guantánamo detainee. It is the first time that such allegations have been made by a senior member of the Bush Administration.
Colonel Wilkerson, who was General Powell’s chief of staff when he ran the State Department, was most critical of Mr Cheney and Mr Rumsfeld. He claimed that the former Vice-President and Defence Secretary knew that the majority of the initial 742 detainees sent to Guantánamo in 2002 were innocent but believed that it was “politically impossible to release them”.