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Guantanamo Bay: Prison Or Resort?

Reported by Ellen - June 27, 2005

An AP story on FOXNews.com describes a visit by House Republicans and Democrats to Guantanamo Bay Prison in such rose-colored terms that you might think the prisoners were at a resort instead.

Here's the article's first description of the facilities:

The House delegation ate lunch with (sic) troops - the same meal of chicken with orange sauce, rice and okra that detainees were served. They then toured several of the barbed-wire camps where detainees are housed, viewing small cells, dusty recreation yards and common areas.

OK, small cells and dusty recreation yards are not exactly deluxe conditions but nothing sounds really bad, either. Note the details provided about the meal compared with only a sketchy description of the cells and recreation yards.


The next paragraph says, "From behind one-way mirrors, lawmakers watched interrogators grilling three individual terror suspects. None of the interrogators touched detainees." Comment: Of course not, a Congressional delegation was watching! These interrogators aren't stupid. Everybody knows you follow the rules when the boss is around.

In (one interrogation session), a female interrogator took an unusual approach to wear down a detainee, reading a Harry Potter book aloud for hours. He turned his back and put his hands over his ears.

Bearded detainees in white frocks, flip-flops and skull caps quietly lingered nearby, although behind fences. At one communal camp for those given privileges because of good behavior, detainees played soccer.

Harry Potter, soccer and chicken with orange sauce. So what if there's been a little torture, eh? Vice President Dick Cheney "told CNN on Thursday that the detainees are well treated, well fed and 'living in the tropics.'

Yes, it's a little piece of island paradise - especially for Cheney's former company, Halliburton, which just received a $30 million contract to help build a new permanent prison there. But that little tidbit of information didn't make it into the news report.

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