Guantanamo Bay

“Horrible Terrorists” To Remain In GTMO For Ever

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http://today.reuters.com/ . . .

It appears that there was a press junket down to Guantanamo Bay last week that has given rise to a number of short stories in the press. My previous post is a case in point. How do I know this? Simple, the same phrase “… along the cactus and palm tree-lined shore …” crops up in all of the reports.

It’s got to remind you of that time last year when newspapers in Iraq published direct quotes from interviews of several different Iraqi individuals done at different times of day and in different locations … and yet these Iraqis all managed to come up with identical phrasing, even though none of them were related. That, the Pentagon was later forced to admit, was all their doing. It was supposed to get the Pentagon’s point of view across through the voices of the Iraq “man in the street”.

Anyway, here is another little message the Pentagon wants out there, delivered this time courtesy of Reuters:

Guantanamo may be final home for many detainees
Sun Oct 29, 2006 7:41 AM ET
By Kristin Roberts

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Reuters) – Many of the 435 suspected terrorists held in concrete and metal prisons on a U.S. military base in Cuba might never go home.

– snip –

The U.S. military has freed hundreds of men, mostly captured in Afghanistan. Of those still here, the Pentagon decided some 120, and perhaps more, could be sent home, although that process has been slowed by reluctance from receiving nations.

But more than 300 others, including 14 transferred in September to Guantanamo from secret overseas prisons, could remain in U.S. military detention until they die.

“Yes, they could be held for the duration of their lives,” said Cully Stimson, the Defense Department’s assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, on one of his regular trips to the base last week.

Cully Stimson is right on the money with that little observation of his.

The detainees are locked up for being terrorists, but they are also being locked up for being enemy combatants, because they were picked up on the battlefield of the so-called Global War on Terror. (The battlefield is quite a bit bigger than normal, it extends round the earth a couple of times and then whizzes off into outer space. So naturally it extends into the hallways and corridors of various guest houses in Pakistan, where it is said, many detainees where to be found partaking of combative board and lodge).

The so-called War on Terror is going badly for America. It took a decidedly downward turn right from the time that Pres. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished” — as though the Pres. put a hex on his very own war then and there. So to say that the war will not be won in the lifetime of any of the detainees seems not to be that far-fetched. And you can’t let an enemy combatant go until the war that he was combating is over.

Theoretically Pres. Bush could declare a second “Mission Accomplished” in the interests of another photo op. Or Pres. Bush might decide to win the war on terror early, just before he hands over to the next Pres. so that the new man has a nice clean slate when starting out his new job. These are two possibilities that I see for enemy combatant detainees to be released. Early release, you might say, before they actually die.

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Hey, this is the good bit in the story that the Pentagon wants you to know about:

Some, including Stimson, say that as far as detention goes, life inside Guantanamo isn’t so bad.

“If U.S. prisoners saw the detention regime these people are in, they’d be knocking down the door to get into Gitmo,” he said, using the nickname for the U.S. naval base on land leased from Communist Cuba.

After criticism for early detention practices, Guantanamo has been praised this year by some European officials as a facility comparable to the best European prisons. Many also still say the prison should close, and Britain’s foreign secretary recently called it ineffective and damaging.

Nice, eh? It’s a summer camp with all-year-round summers that sits on a nice piece of Democratic soil that’s actually attached to Communist Cuba! With a few simple Barbara Bush like remarks, the Pentagon has put the whole GTMO thing into rosy-glow perspective.

Damn that busy body British foreign secretary, why can’t she be more like that fine, sycophantic Mr. Blair!

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Written by mikk0

October 30, 2006 at 7:47 am

Posted in Guantanamo

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