Friday, March 20, 2009
Iraqis Go Free
Thousands of Iraqis, held without charge by the United States on suspicion of links to insurgents or militants, are being freed by this summer because there is little or no evidence against them. By early 2010, their release comes as the U.S. prepares to turn over its detention system to the new Iraqi government. In the six yeas since the war began, the military ultimately detained some 100,000 suspects. Many of these were picked up in the U.S. and led raids during a raging, blooding insurgency that has since died down. The effort to do justice for those wrongly held to begin with, some for years, also runs the risk of releasing extremists who could be a threat to fragile Iraqi security.