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US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld describes the prisoners being held in Guantanamo as “hard-core, well-trained terrorists.” (MSNBC 1/20/2002; Wintour, Dyer, and Branigan 2/21/2004)

During a visit to Guantanamo, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld repeats his earlier statement that the prisoners are “among the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the earth.” (Gilmore 1/27/2002; Fox News 1/28/2002)

US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says that President Bush has not decided to go to war. (White House 9/16/2002; Associated Press 9/16/2002)

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld directs Albert T. Church III, the Naval Inspector General, to conduct a review “to ensure that his… orders with respect to detainees at GTMO [Guantanamo] and Charleston [are] being carried out.” (US Department of Defense 5/12/2004)


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