McClatchy’s enterprise journalism on Gitmo

Today, on the way into work, I was listening to Diane Rehm interview on the McClatchy series and thanks to Dwight Rousu at NewsTrust, I didn’t even need to look up the link. The first installment is:
“Many Gitmo detainees had flimsy ties to terror: Little or no threat, dozens or more men were imprisoned at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp on the basis of revenge, bounty payments, or fabricated evidence.” by Tom Lasseter for McClatchy Newspapers

Early in 2007, as the Bush administration indicated that it intended to release most of the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, McClatchy Newspapers set out to track down as many of the freed prisoners as possible. Reporters Tom Lasseter and Matthew Schofield traveled to 11 countries — from England to Pakistan — and interviewed 66 former detainees. They also interviewed political and military officials in those countries to try to establish detainees’ backgrounds and check their stories. Lasseter and Schofield also combed through unclassified transcripts of the men’s tribunal hearings at Guantánamo, when available, and Lasseter interviewed former White House and Defense Department officials, former guards and lawyers for prisoners who had them.

McClatchy (an its predecessor Knight-Ridder) were one of the few to question our involvement in Iraq from the get-go–as noted recently in the chain’s blog. There is an interview with the Washington bureau chief on the last real entry by Robert Niles on the Online journalism Review June 13. (Today the journal announced its suspension.)

What makes me wistful is that the series is launching, just at McClatchy announced 1400 additional layoffs.

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