Breaking News : Obama plotting Islamic terrorist alumni association picnic in South Carolina where affirmative actions shall be debated, such as chemical attacks, Supermax and Guantanamo Prison Breaks, digging up the pavement at Times Square to plant IEDs, in advance of a full-scale terrorist Invasion of the American mainland via mini-submarines and hang gliders.
There is a debate raging today in America – what to do with the 56 dudes still incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay, who are deemed to be too dangerous to be released or trusted with recipient nations, even if there are any who are willing to take them in.
Obama has proposed bringing them over and housing them onshore, in detention centers on the US mainland, among them – the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the US Navy brig at Charlston, South Carolina. Also under consideration is the ADX Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, which already holds Dzokhar Tsarnaev and Zacarias Moussaoui, the alleged 20th 9/11 hijacker.
The Republican-ruled US Congress is of course not going to let Obama’s plans happen and to that end, they have even gotten a legislation passed against it. And in this, the larger American public are firmly on their side. They behave like spoilt brats who have made a mess and now don’t want to clean up and want to have nothing to do with these detainees on US soil.
Furthermore, 2016 being a crucial election year, any US politician who supports admitting those dudes into the US is sure to lose his seat in the next election cycle. This is in spite of the fact that no prisoner has ever escaped from an American supemax prison and that even among those detainees who were released to third countries and tracked by the CIA, only 7% have reverted back to terrorism, a statistic far lower than the American repeat-offense rates in the US criminal justice system.
The Reuters correspondent David Rohde (See Part-1), repeatedly recounts in his writing the number of times his Taliban captors mocked American hypocrisy by pointing to Guantanamo Bay, taunting him with the fact that the very same beacon of peace and justice incarcerates prisoners without trial for years. Rohde has very little doubt that the shadow that Guantanamo Bay has cast on the security of not only the US but the world at large, is a particularly dark one.
At least among America’s European allies, there is a growing recognition that Guantanamo Bay is nothing but a propaganda tool for terrorists which is having a domino effect on the increasing terrorism-related violence on their own soil. It is a huge disconnect – while the evangelising American public see Guantanamo Bay as a force of good versus evil, the most Europeans see it as a massive breach of human rights.
Those Guantanamo detainees that have been released, have found themselves shoved into cultures that are totally alien to them. Some of the recipient countries are difficult to even pinpoint on the world atlas – Kazakhstan, Palau, Uruguay, Bermuda, Slovakia, Albania, Mauritania, Georgia, Ghana, Tajikistan, Maldives and Chad. Groping around blind, damaged beyond repair after a decade of torture, discriminated against by their new hosts, they are mere shells of the human beings that they were once. Those that have been able to, have gone back to terrorism, this time to kill and maim with increased vigour – and make sure they are never captured alive.
Guantanmo Bay started out in 2002 as a crude tent city and has turned into the most expensive prison on earth, costing American taxpayers $800000 annually for each of the 91 detainees – 30 times more than the cost of holding a detainee on US soil.
The base however is a great holiday resort for the US military personnel stationed there. They earn the same hazardous duty pay that their colleagues in Kandahar or Ramadi get. The base has daycares, groceries, kiddy pools and golf courses to keep the personnel ‘safe’.
In the evenings there are pool parties, Irish pubs and kids’ soccer and ball games to keep the men busy. Combined with gyms, Zumba, yoga and scuba diving lessons, oh yeah, Guantanamo is a plum posting for any American naval officer or ensign for sure.
Life isn’t too bad for the captives either. If a detainee is cooperating, he has limited access to the grounds outside for stroll and a library if he can read. Of course, for those who refuse to cooperate or go on hunger strikes, the treatment is harsh and the confinement solitary.
In contrast, the facilities back home, like the ADX Supermax at Florence, aren’t that comfy. For one, a detainee there is confined to his solitary cell, 23 out of 24 hours in a day. He has no access to libraries or walkabouts in the grounds other than that one hour a day. In addition, instead of disciplined military servicemen guarding them, they have redneck bigoted brutes as guards, unleashed on them.
But here’s the thing – just how in hell is bringing 56 dangerous dudes, only to be incarcerated in even harsher living conditions, going to ease terrorism? Am I to believe that a young Moroccan standing in line outside an ISIS recruitment center, is going to simply walk away after he hears that Obama has closed Guantanamo?
Obama is a great President but he must recognize that the whole thing is now way out of control for his plans to have any positive effect on the ‘hearts and minds’ section of the war on terror. He must acknowledge a losing proposition when he sees one and not turn it into an ego trip. For better or for worse (for worse mainly) America has plunged the world into violence for decades to come.
Some problems just do not have any immediate solutions, Barry. There is no legacy to be had here. Just leave the suckers there in Cuba and do what is in your control – treat them better.