"The worst of the worst." That is how the Bush administration described the more than 770 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.
|Guantanamo: Beyond the Law tells the stories of 66|
former Guantanamo detainees [EPA]
But a closer look at those released from the detention facility shows anything but. Many, like the Uighur detainees from China, were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. Others were 'turned in' because they fell victim to familial or tribal grudges. In fact, the value of the information provided by detainees at Guantanamo was of very limited value, so much so, that former Pentagon officials described it as "worthless" and "useless".
So who are the detainees of Guantanamo Bay and why were they held for so long if they had no real information?
On Tuesday's Riz Khan we talk to Roy Gutman and Matt Schofield of McClatchy News Service about the lives of those captured, held and released from Guantanamo. The stories of 66 former detainees in 11 countries are the subject of McClatchy's just released Guantanamo: Beyond the Law.
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