posted on Jun, 30 2013 @ 11:14 PM
I think some perspective is blown all over the place here. These are absolutely not the example of an American Auschwitz. They aren't even an
internment camp. If anything, it's a rather lavishly appointed POW camp for the ones who don't resist from day one on. That's simply the facts of
the place. It's the U.S. "showcase" of a prison for the International Red Cross to see and outsiders to come tour and say they were really "this
close" to a real terrorist.
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba, March 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. admiral in charge of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp is defending the
decision to build a $744,000 soccer field for well-behaved prisoners, and said critics misunderstood the facility's purpose and logistics.
Rear Admiral David Woods said the camp's mission was not to punish foreign captives unnecessarily, many of whom have been held there for 10 years
already. He said his job is to detain them away from the battlefield under safe and humane conditions, and that providing socialization opportunities
was part of that.
Not just any
prison gets a 3/4 of a Million dollar soccer field. In fact, I'd say these guys would/will have a much harder time at any maximum
security Federal prison in general population. What the inmates in a civilian federal prison consider normal behavior would get a U.S. Soldier years
serving in a military prison of their own for doing to them, IMO.
More importantly though. Lets all stay updated on this one in a way that's important in my opinion. SOME
of the prisoners were innocent.
The U.S. started things with a bounty program in Afghanistan that wasn't equipped to check, didn't care to check or a
combination of both about regarding guilt before bagging and sending to Gitmo. That resulted in actual goat herders and plain rivals or enemies of
powerful people in Afghan getting sent there.
That isn't the case now. It's down to 166, the last I saw a head count total anywhere and these are the worst of the worst. How do we know that?
They've been through MORE of an :"appeal" process than ANY criminal defendant will ever see in the civilian system. Additionally, the Government
simply isn't looking for reasons to release people in the civilian system. They have been for these and this is only ONE of multiple reviews the
remaining ones have been through.
FINAL REPORT GUANTANAMO REVIEW TASK FORCE January 22, 2010
It's a very interesting report for those who want to learn about the subject for how it's actually progressed down there. It's evolved from a
"what do we do with them and how do we run a place like this?" to a well oiled machine of a modern day POW camp. The current force feeding sucks,
but they are the ones on a hunger strike. Was it better to let them literally die of hunger and THEN be blamed for failing to save their lives by
*Part of the problem among the remaining are home nations that won't accept them back, too. What to do with them?