Sunday, June 26, 2005

Gitmo for a day 

Just when you thought that using Christina Aguilera's music was the new low, the horror of Guantanamo Bay only keeps getting worse (hat tip: LGF):
In another [session], a female interrogator took an unusual approach to wear down a detainee, reading a Harry Potter book aloud for hours. He turned his back and put his hands over his ears.
I feel his pain; I still have bad, bad memories from kindergarten which keep me awake at night.

The story doesn't mention whether the reading was taken from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Guantanamo", and whether the detainee objected more to the fact that a woman can read, or to the plot of the book which has an infidel boy sorcerer, together with an infidel girl (!) sorceress and an assortment of djins, battle a bin Laden-like malevolent figure which spends most of the time in hiding and communicates with the rest of the world through his minions.

The latest Harry Potter and the Chamber of Spilled Secrets revelation comes out of a visit to Gitmo by a bi-partisan Congressional delegation, eager to check the accuracy of the recent gulag comparisons.
The U.S. lawmakers witnessed interrogations, toured cell blocks and ate the same lunch given to detainees on the first congressional visit to the prison for suspected terrorists since criticism of it intensified in the spring.

"The Guantanamo we saw today is not the Guantanamo we heard about a few years ago," said Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif...

After getting a classified briefing from base commanders, the House delegation ate lunch with troops - the same meal of chicken with orange sauce, rice and okra that detainees were served. They then toured several of the barbed-wire camps where detainees are housed, viewing small cells, dusty recreation yards and common areas.

From behind one-way mirrors, lawmakers watched interrogators grilling three individual terror suspects. None of the interrogators touched detainees...

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, is one of many Democrats who have called for an independent commission to investigate abuse allegations and said the facility should close. She stopped short of changing her position after the visit, but acknowledged, "What we've seen here is evidence that we've made progress."
I can see a reality show coming on (oops, too late) - maybe something along the lines of Morgan "Supersize My Ego" Spurlock's latest, "30 days", where an average Joe gets to be an American Muslim to discover, in the words of the show's producer, that "we [the Americans] are Islamophobic and that 9/11's biggest victims are Muslims" (hat top: Michelle Malkin). In our new show, we could send American legislators to spend 30 days at Gitmo, while self-confessed Al Qaeda operatives can in the same time become Congressmen.

I'm sure that the minute the Congressional delegation was out of Gitmo, the Nazi-like American military personnel was back to torturing detainees and flushing Korans down the toilets. What else would you expect?


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