Skip to comments.What I Saw at Gitmo-An inside portrait from a visitor to the "Nazi" detention center.
Posted on 06/27/2005 5:16:11 AM PDT by SJackson
Last week, I was privileged to be part of a Department of Defense trip to the Joint Task Force - Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I got to see the operations of this controversial facility up-close something particularly important after Sen. Richard Durbins comparison of its guard to Nazi stormtroopers and calls of leftists to shut the center down. Our group went to GITMO to check out tales that the military was being too tough on these terrorist detainees. We left convinced that America is being extraordinarily lenient far too lenient.
After speaking with soldiers, sailors, and civilians who collectively staff Gitmo, I left convinced that abuse definitely exists at the detention facilities, and it typically fails to receive the press attention it deserves: its the relentless, merciless attacks on American servicemen and women by these terrorist thugs. Many of the orange jumpsuit-clad detainees fight their captors at every opportunity, openly bragging of their desire to kill Americans. One has promised that, if released, he would find MPs in their homes through the internet, break into their houses at night, and cut the throats of them and their families like sheep. Others claim authority and vindication to kill women, children, and other innocents who oppose their jihadist mission authorized by the Koran (the same one that hangs in every cell from a specially-designed holder intended to protect it from a touching the cell floor all provided at U.S. taxpayer expense). One detainee was heard to tell another: One day I will enjoy sucking American blood, although their blood is bitter, undrinkable . These recalcitrant detainees are known euphemistically as being non-compliant. They attack guards whenever the soldiers enter their cells, trying to reach up under protective facemasks to gouge eyes and tear mouths. They make weapons and try to stab the guards or grab and break limbs as the guards pass them food.
We dined with the soldiers, toured several of the individual holding camps, observed interrogations, and inspected cells. We were impressed by the universally high quality of the cadre and the facilities. While it may not be exactly Club GITMO, as Rush Limbaugh uses to tweak the hard-Left critics who havent a clue about reality here, GITMO is a far cry from the harshness experienced even by maximum security prisoners in the U.S.
Meals for detainees are ample: we lunched on what several thought was an accumulated single days ration for detainees. No, the contract food service manager said with a laugh, what youre looking at there is todays lunch. A single meal. They get three a day like that. The vegetables, pita bread, and other well-prepared food filled two of the large Styrofoam take-home containers we see in restaurants. Several prisoners have special meal orders like no tomatoes or no peanut products depending on taste or allergies. One prisoner, General Hood said, throws back his food tray if it contains things he has specifically said he doesnt want. How is he punished for this outrageous behavior? His tray is numbered, the food he requested is put on it, and the corrected order is delivered to his cell.
The detainees are similarly catered to medically. Almost every one arrived at GITMO with some sort of battlefield trauma. After all, the majority were captured in combat. Today they are healthy, immunized, and well cared for. At a visit to the modern hospital facility dedicated solely to the detainees and comparable to a well-equipped and staffed small-town hospital with operating, dental, routine facilities the doctor in charge confirmed that the caloric count for the detainees was so high that while most detainees arrived undernourished, medics now watch for issues stemming from high cholesterol and being overweight. Each of approximately 520 terrorists currently held in confinement averages about four medical visits monthly, something one would expect from only a dedicated American hypochondriac. Welcome to the rigors of detention under American supervision.
Of the estimated 70,000 battlefield captures that were made in Afghanistan, only a tiny percentage, something on the order of 800-plus, were eventually evacuated to GITMO. These were the worst of the worst. More than 200 have been released back to their home country if the U.S. is assured that the detainees would not be tortured by local authorities upon return. These men were freed because they were deemed by ongoing official military review processes to no longer pose a threat, or to possess no useful intelligence. And this process has proven too generous at times: more than 10 released GITMO detainees have been killed or recaptured fighting Americans or have been identified as resuming terrorist activities. Still, the process is up and running for review of cases, and if a Washington DC circuit court approves a government appeal, the system for military tribunals will get started. All mechanisms are in place and ready to go as soon as DoD gets a green light.
There is a good reason these unlawful combatants are being confined. They are evil and dangerous individuals. Yet these thugs are treated with an amazing degree of compassion: They are given ice cream treats and recreational time. They live in clean facilities, and receive a full Muslim religious package of Koran, prayer rug, beads, and prayer oils. An arrow in every cell points to Mecca. The call to prayer is played five times daily. They are not abused, hanged, tortured, beheaded, raped, mutilated, or in any way treated the way that they once treated their own captives or now treat their guards.
Some questioned whether it were wise to give these radical Islamic fundamentalists the religious supplies that ended up landing them in Gitmo in the first place. Giving them the Koran is simply something that we think we ought to do as a humane gesture, said second-in-command Brigadier General Gong. Were Americans. Thats how we operate.
When we challenged military authorities about the seemingly plush environs these would-be murderers receive, the commanding officers stated this was the most productive course. JTF-GITMO commanding officer Brigadier General Jay Hood radiated confidence and determination when fielding challenges from our group about his overly lenient treatment. It works, he says simply. We do not allow torture or mistreatment, period. How to they guarantee this? By rigorous, on-going training and constant oversight up and down the supervisory chain. As proof that establishing rapport with the detainees is far more effective than coercive techniques, General Hood refers skeptics to the massive amount of usable intelligence information JTF-GITMO continues to produce even three years into the program.
You are right to worry about inhumane treatment taking place at GITMO. But your concern should be for the dedicated, well-trained, highly professional American men and women who are subjected to a daily barrage of feces, urine, semen, and spit hurled at them along with vile invective as they implement a humane, enlightened system of confinement on men who want nothing more than to kill Americans. These quiet professional Americans, who live under the motto Honor Bound for Defense of Freedom, deserve our utmost respect and concern. Shame on anyone who slanders or disrespects them for short-term and short-sighted political advantage.
well, well, wonder if the MSM will post this article, don't hold your breath.
Just as we are imagined....OUR SOLDIERS are the abused ones.
I live with a pain in my back that would paralyze a mule. Wish I could get to a doctor four times a month...wish I could get to a doctor AT ALL for it!
This needs to be sent to Dick-head Durbin by a million Freepers!
Nothing stops a windbag on the Republican side from reading this into the record.
The MSM is trying to portray these prisoners as jay-walkers or literbugs.
The MSM hides the fact that these are muderers with a single mission to kill Americans, murderers who are capable of statements like "... he would find MPs in their homes through the internet, break into their houses at night, and cut the throats of them and their families like sheep. These prisoners know of people like themselves who are already in the United States.
I agree with the article. Why are we giving these prisoners the Koran? It simply encourages them to continue to act like animals. Did we give German prisoners copies of Mein Kampf? (NO!)
The only exit from their captivity should be in a cheap pigskin shroud. And they should die by getting THIER throats slit like the swine they are.
America has been too emasculated to deal with these vermin as they deserve.
Next to them, Machine Gun Kelly, Al Capone and Bonnie and Clyde are saints.
If we didn't need the info. they hold I would have left them on the battlefield in pieces and not sitting at Gitmo gaining weight from food better than our soldiers get while reading their precious Koran.
This will never see the day with the MSM. They trust what the terrorists have say more than the military.
"second-in-command Brigadier General Gong."
I would prefer a "General Yamashita" in charge of GITMO, give them what they deserve.
I dare any of the yellow rats on Air-America to read this on the air. Aint going to happen.
Whether throwing feces at guards or spewing lies in Congress our enemies are turtured by their failure to break the American spirit.
Just MSM ignoring this? Heck, with the FOX devoting most of their time covering the over-covered Natalee Holloway story, I doubt you will here much even from our own beloved FOX
Am I the only person on the planet who sees that murdered or missing good looking people have become the most important events to cover in National news? eg: Lacy Peterson, Elizibeth Smart, now Natalee. Does an event of this size really require news teams to be flown to a tiny island, so they can give live up to the minute coverage 24-7?
The endless coverage has made me turn off even FOX.
"Today [the terrorists] are healthy, immunized, and well cared for."
Who's running this prison? PETA? (Nah, they'd throw in free neutering...not a bad idea at all!) ;)
I had NO DOUBT that things were just fine there. I love, love, love how the liberals set themselves up to fail each and every week. So predictable.
So, who wants to guess at what this week's liberal PR fiasco will be? :)
I just sent this to everyone on my e-mail list. Everyone can do the same.