Guantanamo Bay in 54 Seconds

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January 11, 2014 marked the 12th anniversary of a U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. The Bush administration opened the prison to house and interrogate suspected terrorists as a part of the War on Terror.

Since January 2002, 779 men have been brought to Guantanamo Bay's detention camps.

Released detainees claimed that waterboarding, sexual humiliation, and forced drugging were used on prisoners.

Nine men have died in the prison camp and the Department of Defense says six were suicides.

In June 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama promised, "We're going to close Guantanamo." In 2009, President Obama signed an executive order requiring the camp to to be closed by January 22, 2010.

An estimated 17 to 22 minors under the age of 18 were detained.

Pentagon files released by Wikileaks state that at least 150 prisoners were completely innocent Afghanis and Pakistanis.

The yearly cost for one Guantanamo prisoner is about $800,000. In 2013, 103 detainees went on a hunger strike as protest.

Forty-one were force-fed through tubes running into their noses down to their stomachs.

As of January 13, 2014, Guantanamo Bay's detention camp remains open with 158 detainees.

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  1. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have left thousands of US servicemen maimed for life where every day is torturous. I don't give a rat's ass about anyone else. All of it for nothing. I paraphrase from Radio Derb: They should soon find the other purpose of lampposts.

  2. Since 2002, 779 men have been brought to Gitmo. Nine detainees have died.

    How many people have been murdered in Chicago since 2002? 5,000+?

    This is not to say that Gitmo isn't a terrible thing, but a little perspective may be a good thing.

    1. Chicago has a population or 2.7 million. You're 5 times more likely to die in Guantanamo.

  3. What about guaranteed halal meals (served by non Jewish folk), prayer time, rec time, access to fancy library?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtrzcBMbVXs

    Aside from water boarding (which is rare) most of what happens in Gitmo are probably a reality in America's prisons.

    1. Crucial difference being that the folk in America's prisons were put there after a due process, a trial by jury of their peers, etc.

      1. Yes, you a free to hire an attorney of your own choosing with your own savings and pit him against the state's attorney with your tax money and that of the commonwealth's behind him. Fair fight.

      2. Some of the Gitmo detainees are enemy combatants. They won't be tried in civilian courts.

        I'm not saying Gitmo is Shangrila, but you have to take accusations of hardened people with bad feelings against America with a grain of salt.

  4. Gitmo was only bad when Bush was President.

  5. Obamano Bay will soon house such radical terrorists as Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz.

    They will be found guilty of conspiring to repeal the 16th Amendment, which would end the IRS and the income tax, which would be an unforgivable transgression against "the people".

  6. All the detainees can rot in hell there for all I care. This writer is really missing the point. Sure, I'm all for running Guantanamo Bay less expensively. Lock them all in their cells, feed them rice and water three times a day and throw away the keys Who cares?

  7. "Pentagon files released by Wikileaks state that at least 150 prisoners were completely innocent Afghanis and Pakistanis."

    So did the pentagon call them innocent, or did wiki? It kind of matters.

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