(guest blogged by Logan Murphy)
A criminal court on Saturday acquitted two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners of joining al-Qaeda or the Taliban.
Omar Rajab Amin and Abdullah Kamel al-Kundari denied any terror connections at the start of their trial. Their lawyers argued there was no evidence against them and the case was "political." Defense attorneys said the accused were in Afghanistan for charity work - not to fight.
Amin, 41, and al-Kundari, 32, were released from the U.S. detention camp in September after spending nearly five years there. They were detained by authorities for questioning upon their return to Kuwait.
Six other Kuwaitis formerly held in Guantanamo have been acquitted here of terror charges. Another four are still imprisoned there.
"We call on the United States to either give our four sons a fair trial in America or any other place in the world, or to hand them to Kuwait so that they can be ... given their legal right to defend themselves," said Khaled al-Odah, who heads a private group that lobbies for the release of the Kuwaiti prisoners - including his son - from the U.S. naval base in Cuba.
I almost feel ashamed writing this post. The things that are being done in our name will cause damage to America for generations to come, I fear. How many young, impressionable people around the world will be motivated to rally against the United States after reading a story like this?
For those of you who haven't seen it, The Road To Guantanamo, is a gripping portrayal of three British citizens known as the Tipton Three who were held at Gitmo for two years, only to be released without ever being charged with a crime. You can see a clip with director interviews here (warning: some strong language), and pick up a copy here.