"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Members of Congress praised commanders of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Wednesday for the "professionalism" they observed at the detention camp during a weekend tour of the facilities.
Several of the traveling House members said they were convinced that prisoners were not being abused at Guantanamo, contrary to allegations by some released prisoners who complained of mistreatment.
The praise came from Democrats and Republicans at a House Armed Services Committee hearing, with some members saying they were impressed by the prison food -- those who visited ate chicken in orange sauce -- and medical services at the facility.
Gee, I hate to interrupt this bipartisan lovefest/buffet (goddamn spineless punk-ass Democrats!), but these aren't allegations by some released prisoners - this is the freakin' FBI:
A memo from a senior FBI counterterrorism official has outlined three alleged cases of abuse in 2002 that FBI agents had become aware of while serving at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base prison.
The complaints included allegations of a female interrogator grabbing a detainee's genitals and bending back his thumbs and a prisoner being gagged with duct tape.
Another complaint talked of a dog being used to intimidate a prisoner and jailers subjecting the same prisoner to what the FBI official called "intense isolation" in a "cell that was always flooded with light."
And that's just what they did while they were being watched - care to imagine what went on when no grown-ups were around? But hey, visiting Congressmen get served chicken in orange sauce, so it's all good.