Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Guantanamo prisoners well fed, well treated in the 'tropics': Cheney
AFP ^ | June 23, 2005 | Staff

Posted on 06/23/2005 8:00:27 PM PDT by jeepgal

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Vice President Dick Cheney said prisoners at the notorious Guantanamo detention camp had everything they can possibly want, and are well fed and well treated as they live in the "tropics."

Cheney dismissed calls, most recently by former president Bill Clinton, for the Cuba-based facility, tainted by allegations of abuse of prisoners snagged in the US anti-terror campaign, to be closed.

"They got a brand new facility down at Guantanamo. We spent a lot of money to build it. They're very well treated down there," Cheney said in an interview with CNN.

"They're living in the tropics. They're well fed. They've got everything they could possibly want.

"There isn't any other nation in the world that would treat people who were determined to kill Americans the way we're treating these people."

Cheney categorised prisoners still languishing at Guantanamo Bay as "terrorists" "bomb-makers" and "facilitators of terror."

"If you let them out, they'll go back to trying to kill Americans."

Clinton has become the most prominent critic of the base in Cuba. "It is time that there are no more stories coming out of there about people being abused," Clinton said in an interview with the Financial Times that ran Monday.

It should be "closed down or cleaned up," he added.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cheney; detainees; gitmo; guantanamo; terrorists

1 posted on 06/23/2005 8:00:27 PM PDT by jeepgal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: jeepgal

Hmm interesting considering that Cheney while he was still with Halliburton signed a contract in 2000 that "spawned" the detention centers at Gitmo so I guess he'd know ?


2 posted on 06/23/2005 8:16:31 PM PDT by Zipporah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jeepgal

Hmm interesting considering that Cheney while he was still with Halliburton signed a contract in 2000 that "spawned" the detention centers at Gitmo so I guess he'd know ?


3 posted on 06/23/2005 8:17:19 PM PDT by Zipporah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jeepgal

I am so sick of this media/dnc fantasy generated crap that has been pushed out of the clear blue sky. Execute every prisoner and save tax payers money.

Sick of it.


4 posted on 06/23/2005 8:22:01 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache ("Scientology is dangerous stuff,it's like forming a religion based around Johnny Quest and Haji.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jeepgal

Please, anyone, correct me if I'm wrong in this, but, I don't seem to remember any big delegation of people, namely Dims, going over to the Middle East to make sure that our POWs were being treated humanely. I also don't remember anyone going over there and asking the captors to abide by the Geneva Convention.


5 posted on 06/23/2005 8:23:19 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (FACT: You can get more reliable information in a beauty shop, than from the media)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

No, don't execute them. Drop them on the doorsteps of all of the Dims so worried about their welfare. Let them wipe their butts for them.


6 posted on 06/23/2005 8:24:35 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (FACT: You can get more reliable information in a beauty shop, than from the media)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: jeepgal

"They're living in the tropics. They're well fed. They've got everything they could possibly want.

Hmm. Has Cheney been listening to Rush's Club Gitmo advertisement? LOL


7 posted on 06/23/2005 8:26:55 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jeepgal

What's going on at Gitmo? (Inmates playing soccer, volleyball, reading Agatha Cristie in Arabic)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1416660/posts

U.S. has used its naval base in Cuba as its main holding area for suspected members of al-Qaeda and the Taliban...

At least 12 of those set free are believed to have resumed terrorist activities, according to the Defense Department.

The best-behaved detainees are held in Camp 4, a medium-security, communal-living environment with as many as 10 beds in a room; prisoners can play soccer or volleyball outside up to nine hours a day, eat meals together and read Agatha Christie mysteries in Arabic.

...some inmates continue to provide valuable information, ranging from how al-Qaeda raises funds and recruits members to how it plans attacks and builds explosives.

...a few detainees helped uncover a previously unknown al-Qaeda cell in another country.


8 posted on 06/23/2005 8:35:47 PM PDT by FairOpinion
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Soul Seeker

Rush is often way overboard, but in this case, I agree with him. There are different levels of detention in Gitmo, and the ones who are considered to be "fighters" instead of "organizers" don't have a bad deal. They live in dormitories, get good meals, have their Korans and prayer services, and get plenty of time for exercise. Most of us would think it was more like a spa than a prison.


9 posted on 06/23/2005 8:44:47 PM PDT by speekinout
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: jeepgal

I saw the pictures of this new facility, some of the rooms are bugger that the BEQ room I had at Fort Bliss, Texas in 83. They are living better than some of our troops in Iraq on any given day and no one is firing rockets or mortars at them.


10 posted on 06/23/2005 8:44:57 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Paul Atreides

I seem to recall that prisoners of the Iraqi insurgents cut off the heads of their prisoners. I haven't heard of any heads rollint at Gitmo.


11 posted on 06/23/2005 9:12:42 PM PDT by holyscroller (A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him to the left)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: jeepgal
the "tropics."

Why is the word tropics in quotes? If Gitmo isn't in the tropics, nothing is. By definition the tropics are those latitudes between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer. All or virtually all of Cuba is south of the Tropic of Cancer. Havana, pretty much as far north as anywhere in Cuba, is at 23° 08'N latitude. Gitmo is on the southeast portion of the Island at latitude 20° 05’ N. while the Tropics like between 23.5 degrees South and 23.5 degrees north

Of course the reason it's in quotes is to imply that Cheney was lying and Gitmo isn't really in the tropics, which folks associate with a pretty moderate climate, especially when the place in question is also near the ocean, which since it's a Navy Base, Gitmo is. D@** MSM, especially the French media.

12 posted on 06/23/2005 9:39:16 PM PDT by El Gato
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My Favorite Headache

Let them keep talking about it. The polls show people are not falling for this one. The more the Demos hit on it, the more they push home they don't care diddleysquat about our security.


13 posted on 06/24/2005 1:04:46 AM PDT by I still care (America is not the problem - it is the solution..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: El Gato

On Rush's website he has a temperature indicator showing the difference between Baghdad and Gitmo.

Today Gitmo is 88 and Baghdad 111.


14 posted on 06/24/2005 1:07:26 AM PDT by I still care (America is not the problem - it is the solution..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson