My favorite two pieces in McClatchy’s magisterial investigation of Guantanamo Bay — that is, the pieces that I found most surprising and depressing — were:
- This piece on the ways in which detention centers became de facto recruitment centers for jihadis.
- This piece on “the War Council” of five lawyers that wrote most of the opinions that cleared the way for all these abuses. Seriously, they called themselves “the War Council.”
I’ve been reading the series on the train in the morning, which I don’t recommend, because you spend the rest of the day sorta pissed off.