The Other Gitmo Story--The One the MSM Doesn't Report

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    Don't Cry for Guantanamo Detainees
    By Deroy Murdock for Scripps Howard News Service
    26-MAY-05

    NEW YORK -- While Newsweek has retracted its deadly tall tale about interrogators shoving the Koran down a toilet to rattle Guantanamo detainees, the magazine's "flush to judgment" fits what Manhattan Institute scholar Heather MacDonald calls the prevailing "torture narrative."

    Possibly harmless Muslims languish without trial in U.S. custody. America's soul dies a little as each GI's sucker-punch shatters one more Arab's jaw. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

    "You people are no better than and no different than the Nazi concentration camp guards," a Red Cross representative said in April at a U.S. detention facility in Iraq, according to a Pentagon source quoted in a May 23 Wall Street Journal editorial. Amnesty International Wednesday called Gitmo "the Gulag of our times."

    Journalists and Bushophobes should stop crying for these Islamo-fascists long enough to read a largely overlooked Pentagon document on Guantanamo detainees. They appear pampered, chatty and dangerous.

    "Americans are very kind people," one English-challenged detainee said in the March 4 paper. "If people say there is mistreatment in Cuba with the detainees, those type speaking are wrong, they treat us like a Muslim, not a detainee."

    "I'm in good health and have good facilities of eating, drinking, living, and playing," remarked another. "The food is good, the bedrooms are clean and the health care is very good."

    In a Feb. 16 Gitmo dispatch, the American Forces Press Service's Kathleen Rhem described the treatment of Camp Delta's roughly 520 detainees from about 40 nations. Troublemakers wear prison-style orange jumpsuits and mainly are confined to rudimentary accommodations. But those who follow camp rules wear white outfits and exercise seven to nine hours daily, often playing soccer and volleyball. In quieter moments, "chess, checkers and playing cards are the most requested items," Rhem wrote. As for reading, "A security official explained Agatha Christie books in Arabic are very popular and that camp officials are working to get copies of Harry Potter books in Arabic."

    Detainees eat culturally sensitive meals and follow arrows painted on dorm floors to face Mecca. "Prayer calls are broadcast over loudspeakers five times a day," Rhem added.

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    Some more on this topic from Michelle Malkin

    The Truth about Guantanamo Bay
    By Michelle Malkin for World Net Daily
    June 1, 2005

    The mainstream media and international human-rights organizations have relentlessly portrayed the Guantanamo Bay detention facility as a depraved torture chamber operated by sadistic American military officials defiling Islam at every turn. It's the "gulag of our time," wails Amnesty International. It's the "anti-Statue of Liberty," bemoans New York Times columnist Tom Friedman.

    Have there been abuses? Yes. But here is the rest of the story – the story that the Islamists and their sympathizers don't want you to hear.

    http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44532
     
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