Guantanamo Abuses: The Grey Lady Weeps

In a New York Times editorial headlined “Closing Guantanamo,” editors moan, “We certainly would like to forget the horrors of the last eight years.” While one might correctly assume they refer to the precipitate decline in readership and stock value of the Times, no, they are taking about Guantanamo Bay’s detention facility.

Having led the pack in decrying torture and abuse allegedly occurring at Gitmo, Times editorial writers perhaps unwittingly point out their own deficiencies. “But you cannot fix something before you know exactly how it is broken.” That has been the Times’ and other critics’ problem from the outset: lack of knowledge, often intentional and always self-deceptive.

They simply didn’t take the time and effort to see for themselves, and when they looked, donned glasses clouded by partisanship and suspicion.

Times’ logic is the result of flawed syllogism. Holding a false assumption from the outset – inspired in no small part by pathological loathing for anything done by George Bush and Dick Cheney – contributes mightily to inevitable false conclusions.

By assuming the worse – and crediting it to what it considers flawed administration policy – they were bound by their own ignorance to develop erroneous conclusions.

Inside Gitmo researchers spared no pain in uncovering reports from the FBI and other sources that proved highly embarrassing – not to say damning  – to unqualified defenders of the detention facility. These reports are included in toto in the companion web site for all to see for themselves.

We also found out the truth – and recounted it as completely as possible – about who is confined at Gitmo, and why. And learned and reported the facts of daily life inside the wire.

By exposing and reporting honestly on the isolated of abuse that did occur in a very limited time period, Inside Gitmo sticks to factual evidence and avoids falling into the “condemn all; praise all” intellectual quicksand that typifies Guantanamo reporting.

The implications implicit in the Times and other critics position – that confirmed terrorists should be released or transferred back to revolving-door foreign judicial systems – ought to be chilling for all Americans.

You need to be fully informed today about the consequences of blanket release or transfer of dangerous detainees before misinformed or agenda-driven politicians and advocacy groups force decisions we will later sorely regret.

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2 Responses to “Guantanamo Abuses: The Grey Lady Weeps”

  1. inthewoods Says:

    What would you then propose be done with the detainees? Should they be held forever without trial?

    I just listened to your list of attacks on soldiers at Gitmo, and it is almost exactly like the attacks at a typical maximum security prison.

  2. Gordon Cucullu Says:

    inthewoods, actually it’s much worse. In US prisons, inmates who attack guards are brought up on criminal charges of assault. In Guantanamo detainees are only punished by removal of extra comfort items.

    While the methods of assault are similar – tossing feces, urine, semen, spit, vomit cocktails at guards, breaking guards’ and medics’ arms, and the rest – Gitmo detainees are not being held accountable for their actions so they keep doing it.

    Some may need to be confined indefinitely. This is just one of the many complex issues addressed in my Inside Gitmo book.

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