Worse Than Gitmo? Mainstream Lingo Ignores Reality

Attorney for former Border Patrolman Ignacio Ramos, freed finally after what CNN’s Lou Dobbs correctly calls “a huge miscarriage of justice,” noted on the latter’s evening news show that Ramos had been held in conditions “worse than the foreign detainees in Gitmo.”

Correct as it stands, but for the wrong reasons.

As does much of the American public, the attorney assumes that conditions in Guantanamo are so awful that when uses them as a comparable, people will recoil in horror.

In fact, conditions in Guantanamo – as readers of Inside Gitmo and this web site are aware – are much better than those found in any American prison.

Yet Ramos’ attorney crafted his quote on an entirely different premise: That mere mention of Gitmo would invoke visions of torture and human rights abuses done to his client.

Dispelling the notion of Gitmo as an American version of Devil’s Island is a necessary part of public education if any move to keep the facility open can ever gain traction.

The detainees at Guantanamo are confined, but in circumstances that could be favorably compared to any facility in the world. Health and food standards, daily living conditions, and overall treatment – including legal representation – exceed that found in any other maximum security prison.

If you have not done so already, you need to be aware of all of the facts about this complex issue. Now that the stimulus is passed and the news cycle is going to shift back to Guantanamo the public must have facts to back up our opinions.

You can find all you need to know Inside Gitmo.

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5 Responses to “Worse Than Gitmo? Mainstream Lingo Ignores Reality”

  1. G3 Says:

    It is one thing for the public to confuse Abu and GITMO, but it is another thing when the media allows this to happen. It is easier to allow the misconception regarding GITMO to continue than to correct it at all.

    I wonder if BO has to extend GITMO, if the new meme will be how much GITMO has changed since its opening, with the implied message that BO cleaned it up?

  2. Gordon Cucullu Says:

    Excellent observation. If BHO decides to extend Guantanamo’s life it will no doubt be the “new, improved Gitmo” not the chamber of horrors he and others claim it to be.

  3. Pat Says:

    I know that Counsel Greg Craig visited Gitmo today and that Holder is going soon also; has BHO ever been? I can’t find any record that he has.

    I was glad to see the ruling yesterday that overturned Urbina’s ruling regarding the Uighur detainees. I certainly didn’t want them release on American soil! In your book it sounded like they don’t have it so bad at Gitmo. Certainly better than they’ve had it in Afghanistan, I would think. Large screen tv? Yeah.

  4. Gordon Cucullu Says:

    President Obama has NOT visited Guantanamo. Attorney General Holder is scheduled for a visit next week.

    Holder was a partner in the DC law firm Covington & Burling. While there he drew $2 million in annual compensation. Covington dedicates a large portion of its pro bono work to defend Guantanamo detainees, a decision that had to be approved by Holder when there.

    Is this a conflict of interest? Some would suggest so.

    It was refreshing to see Judge Urbina’s decision overturned, but be alert for future decisions to release Gitmo detainees onto US soil.

    This is an issue that will not go away and we all need to be aware of it.

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