Life After Gitmo

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According to a new report released yesterday by Boalt Law's Human Rights Center, many former Guantanamo prisoners faced ostracism, unemployment, isolation, and mental illness. Human Rights researchers interviewed 62 former inmates and found that two-thirds suffered from psychological or emotional problems; more than one-half claimed they were abused by their captors. Upon returning home, their villagers and compatriots suspected them of being either terrorists or American spies, and only ten percent had found employment as a result. The study's authors, reports the New York Times, have now called on President-elect Obama to create a commission with subpoena powers to investigate the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo and other facilities.

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