Skip to comments.The Truth About Guantanamo Bay (Michelle Malkin Must-Read!!!)
Posted on 05/31/2005 9:59:15 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
The mainstream media and international human rights organizations have relentlessly portrayed the Guantanamo Bay detention facility as a depraved torture chamber operated by sadistic American military officials defiling Islam at every turn. It's the "gulag of our time," wails Amnesty International. It's the "anti-Statue of Liberty," bemoans New York Times columnist Tom Friedman.
Have there been abuses? Yes. But here is the rest of the story -- the story that the Islamists and their sympathizers don't want you to hear.
According to recently released FBI documents, which are inaccurately heralded by civil liberties activists and military-bashers as irrefutable evidence of widespread "atrocities" at Gitmo:
A significant number of detainees' complaints were either exaggerated or fabricated (no surprise given al Qaeda's explicit instructions to trainees to lie). One detainee who claimed to have been "beaten, spit upon and treated worse than a dog" could not provide a single detail pertaining to mistreatment by U.S. military personnel. Another detainee claimed that guards were physically abusive, but admitted he hadn't seen it.
Another detainee disputed one of the now-globally infamous claims that American guards had mistreated the Koran. The detainee said that riots resulted from claims that a guard dropped the Koran. In actuality, the detainee said, a detainee dropped the Koran then blamed a guard. Other detainees who complained about abuse of the Koran admitted they had never personally witnessed any such abuse, but one said he had heard that non-Muslim soldiers touched the Koran when searching it for contraband.
In one case, Gitmo interrogators apologized to a detainee for interviewing him prior to the end of Ramadan.
Several detainees indicated they had not experienced any mistreatment. Others complained about lack of privacy, lack of bed sheets, being unwillingly photographed, the guards' use of profanity, and bad food.
If this is unacceptable, "gulag"-style "torture," then every inmate in America is a victim of human rights violations. (Oh, never mind, there are civil liberties chicken littles who actually believe that.)
Erik Saar, who served as an army sergeant at Gitmo for six months and co-authored a negative, tell-all book about his experience titled "Inside the Wire," inadvertently provides us more firsthand details showing just how restrained, and sensitive to Islam -- to a fault, I believe -- the officials at the detention facility have been.
Each detainee's cell has a sink installed low to the ground, "to make it easier for the detainees to wash their feet" before Muslim prayer, Saar reports. Detainees get "two hot halal, or religiously correct, meals" a day in addition to an MRE (meal ready to eat). Loudspeakers broadcast the Muslims' call to prayer five times a day.
Every detainee gets a prayer mat, cap and Koran. Every cell has a stenciled arrow pointing toward Mecca. Moreover, Gitmo's library -- yes, library -- is stocked with Jihadi books. "I was surprised that we'd be making that concession to the religious zealotry of the terrorists," Saar admits. "[I]t seemed to me that the camp command was helping to facilitate the terrorists' religious devotion." Saar notes that one FBI special agent involved in interrogations even grew a beard like the detainees "as a sort of show of respect for their faith."
Unreality-based liberals would have us believe that America is systematically torturing innocent Muslims out of spite at Guantanamo Bay. Meanwhile, our own MPs have endured little-publicized abuse at the hands of manipulative, hate-mongering enemy combatants. Detainees have spit on and hurled water, urine and feces on the MPs. Causing disturbances is a source of entertainment for detainees who, as Gen. Richard Myers points out, "would turn right around and try to slit our throats, slit our children's throats" if released.
The same unreality-based liberals whine about the Bush administration's failure to gather intelligence and prevent terrorism. Yet, these hysterical critics have no viable alternative to detention and interrogation -- and there is no doubt they would be the first to lambaste the White House and Pentagon if a released detainee went on to commit an act of mass terrorism on American soil.
Guantanamo Bay will not be the death of this country. The unseriousness and hypocrisy of the terrorist-abetting Left is a far greater threat.
It's not about Iraq. It's never been about Iraq. It's about Bush being an anti-gay, pro-life, born again Christian. That's why the libs hate him. Everything else is just a prop in their hatred campaign. Does anyone believe that libs actually care about the Gitmo detainees anymore than they cared about the Serbian civilians killed by Clinton's Kosovo adventure?
Okay, so how many of you Freeps and Lurkers give a pile of goat manure if these murdering amoral thugs are being roughed up some? The MSM posits the notion we care.. the truth is a large majority of American s don't and the rest will share our view when the next murdering raghead from some Middle East back water sides in from Mexico and kills 600 to 60,000 American men women and children because they can. Then finally the gloves are off and we get serious about solving this problem without hectoring from the PC crowd.
Great article! Agree it's a must read.
Not I. They are humanary refuse. Take out the trash and get it over with.
They never should have brought those animals to soil US property in the first place. Every one of them should have had a weapon pointed in their face and they either gave up useful information or they should have been shot.
Hmmm..Im feelin better already
Malkin is the hardest-hitting conservative writer right now - sorry but she has Coulter beat, in both looks and skills.
No offense to Michelle Malkin, but I think her writing is uninspiring, dry and incoherent. She has good ideas, but she doesn't put them together very well. I think she has done a wonderful job on bringing attention to the Illigal Alien issue, but her writings leave alot to be desired.
Sorry Michelle. I'll still read, but jazz it up a bit.
Okay, so how many of you Freeps and Lurkers give a pile of goat manure if these murdering amoral thugs are being roughed up some?"
If you are going to kill a rabid dog, you don't torture it first.
You put a bullet in it's head.
I believe islamic killers should be afforded all the perks and niceties a Christian would get.No more and no less.
bfrl (as might have said Yoda!)
So are you jerking my chain?? Christians don't get more in raghead land they get, shot, hung, tortured, land confiscated, beheaded etc. I'll bet though that they did'nt have Christ put in a toliet. No an American government artist did that.
Democrats and terrorists. All the same. Even use the same tactics of lies and false indignation.
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