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National Geographic's 'Inside Guantanamo' airs this Sunday!

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posted on Apr, 2 2009 @ 11:02 PM

The naval base at Guantanamo Bay secured a place in the annals of history when the first wave of detainees from America's War on Terror – men dubbed "the worst of the worst" – arrived in 2002. A symbol of freedom protected or freedom tragically betrayed, the controversies of Guantanamo embody the thorny issues of America's fight against an enemy that wears no uniform, has no address and will declare no armistice, and an administration's battle to keep prisoners beyond the reach of due process in American courts. The goings-on inside the wire encircling this highly classified camp have been a closely held government secret — until now. For the first time, National Geographic exclusively captures day-to-day life in the most famous prison in the world, exploring the ongoing daily struggle between the guard force of dedicated young military personnel and the equally dedicated detainees, many of whom are still in legal limbo after being held for years.

This looks like a great show! It airs Sunday, April 5th 9PM (ET). Anyone who ever wondered about this place might enjoy this. Here's a bit of history from the official site of the show:

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base has alternatively served as a beacon of hope for those seeking freedom and a powerful symbol of some of the U.S.’ toughest diplomatic relationships. For over a century, this arid, cacti-dotted outpost nestled in Cuba’s southeastern corner has played a key, but often controversial, role in major world events, from the Spanish-American War, to the Cold War to the War on Terror.

However, Guantanamo’s role in world affairs has been somewhat circumstantial. The base, affectionately known by many of its inhabitants as “Gitmo,” also has the geographic advantages of a solid military station, although its strategic relevance has fluctuated over the years. Just 500 miles south of Miami, Guantanamo boasts key access to the Caribbean, almost chronically good weather thanks to nearby sheltering mountains, and anchorage for deep draft ships. The 45-square-mile base has provided the staging area for the Atlantic Fleet’s naval training exercises, supported U.S. anti-drug operations in the Caribbean, and served as a refueling and maintenance port for U.S. ships.

Today, Guantanamo is best known as a prison for some of the world’s most high-profile terror suspects. Outside the detention center walls, however, the self-contained base, complete with a golf course and chain restaurants, is an almost crime-free throwback to small-town America for its approximately 10,000 military and civilian inhabitants.

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There's more there. Let's watch the show and discuss here!

posted on Apr, 3 2009 @ 01:58 AM
For the first time... well... except for the PBS Frontline a few years ago. Also Erik Saar's book "Inside the Wire." Let's see if National Geographic talks about the "Love Shack" on GITMO.

posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 05:20 PM
Tonight's the big night! Remember to watch!

posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 09:21 PM
National Geographic.

Propaganda machine.

Discontinue believing the T.V. has anything useful to say!

T.V. Forces the human mind into an Alpha state used to complete purposeful ideological subversion

Do not trust anyone that believes anything on T.V.

People are skeptic on ATS as they should be so why can't you be sceptical about T.V. People are paid to say all sorts of silly untrue stuff on T.V. but people believe it more than school or their loved ones.

That is the best most efficient brainwashing because you LIKE IT.

posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 09:48 PM
Creationsysdev, why do you think that? Did you see the show?

posted on Apr, 6 2009 @ 02:05 PM
Eh, the show was alright. I don't think it focused too much on the interior workings of the base. It had great emphasis on the legalities and all that. It was shocking to hear past and current prisoners' views, though. I don't remember seeing any pictures of the tortures during the program that the media discusses a while back. Maybe because they obtained them illegally. Or maybe it was because the program was censored by the military before it became the final product (a guy claimed they were just editing out faces and etc.).

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