Former Prosecutor: U.S. Will Have To Apologize For Guantanamo

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — Former U.S. Attorney Tom Sullivan is warning that the United States will eventually have to apologize for its treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports, Sullivan, who started the Operation Greylord investigation into corruption in the court system, now says the name Guantanamo Bay has brought the U.S. into disrepute around the world.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports

He says those he represented at Guantanamo Bay were in the wrong place at the wrong time, many sold by Pakistanis to the U.S. for bounty money, and imprisoned still without cause after 9 years.

“What we are doing down there, and have done for the past seven or so years – actually nine – is a national disgrace,” Sullivan said. “Eventually, we will as we did with Mary Surratt (who was charged with conspiracy in the Abraham Lincoln assassination), and with the Japanese-Americans, apologize for what we are doing today at Guantanamo Bay.

Sullivan spoke at a bar association Law Day celebration in the Daley Center. Law Day is Sunday, May 1.

President Barack Obama vowed to close Guantanamo Bay during his campaign in 2008, and signed an executive order to do so within one year just two days after he took office in January 2009.

But the plan was held up by what the New York Times characterized last year as “political opposition and… competing priorities,”

  • workinman2

    send the illegals there

  • US Citizen

    The murderous Islamic extremists were treated as such. They should have been interrogated on the battlefield, and then executed on the battlefield. Their existance should have never been made public to begin with. The Geneva Convention does not apply to them. Remember 911.

    • Mike Leahy

      You are an ignorant bigot. It’s idiots like you who have made me ashamed to be a US citizen. We are by far the most hated country in the world. I used to be proud of the American flag and what it represented. Now, if I am at an event that plays the national anthem I don’t stand and face the flag. I used to fly a flag at my home on holidays. I had that flag for many years. Several years ago I burned it. Let me guess……You are one of those bigots that can’t deal with the fact that a black person is YOUR President. Enough said you BIGOT.

      • military man

        Really? We are the most hated country in the world? You are so ashamed of your country that you will not face the flag and in fact, burned your own flag? Sorry but I am not a bigot and color has nothing to do with performance (or lack of) of our president. I been in the military 24 years to help our country be what it is today. If YOU don’t like what we stand for or what our country has become, MOVE. I am sure that there are plenty of countries that would love to have your hating butt. I will even help you pack.

      • Mr. Justice

        @ Mike Leahy, you are an idiot! I agree with military man. Please pick any country you would prefer to live, and I, too will assist you with your move. matter of fact, I will donate $100 towards your moving expenses.

      • US Citizen

        @Leahy, Nothing I said was racist in any way. People hate us because they envy us. As one of the younger countries in the world, we have excelled by far the fastest. Why do you think so many people want to come here to live? Besides, the people we are talking about were responsible for the deaths of more than 2000 innocent people. Our people. They are not worth the air they breath!

      • US Citizen

        Sorry, typo. “Breathe”

      • Gee-reg

        Since you hate America so much—MOVE!!!!! And what does Obama have to do with what Mike Leahy said ????? So what if all those other countries hate us—-they always love our free money we give them, right ?????

  • Truth

    We as Americans apologize to the world that you murdering pieces pf garbage are still alive. Hows that ?

  • Mike Leahy

    military man,
    Are you proud of all your fellow soldiers who tortured those people? HATE? Look in the mirror you BIGOT.

    • Right

      leahy you are obviously a liberal punk. You call people bigots for standing up for their country? You are a disgrace to Irish-Americans.

    • US Citizen

      @Leahy, You don’t seem to have a clue. Torture is the pulling out of a person’s finger nails or teeth with a pliers, beating them severly with a bat or rifle butt. Torture is burning with cigarette butts, poking needles into private parts, or hanging someone from the ceiling by hands tied behind their back. The interrogation techniques used by our government, while unpleasant, is not torture. You don’t know what you are talking about, maybe you should talk with some Viet Nam vets who spent time in prison camps, they know what torture really is.

  • sherman

    if the us is going to apologize. also apologize for the slavery they did do the african people here in the us

    • Zack

      @Sherman, Why would you make a stupid, off topic suggestion like that? If the black man was never brought to this country, he would still be in Africa dealing with starvation and an out of control AID’s epidemic, only to mention a couple problems in that poverty stricken part of the world. So you can say your thank you’s right here on this message board.

      • Kris

        Yeah, really, and there is no welfare or food stamps, free housing and medical either.

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