The authors of an upcoming U.N.-sponsored report that alleges torture was committed against detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had declined an offer to observe operations at the facility, Defense and State Department officials said.
“Any report that they may be writing would certainly suffer from the opportunity that was offered to them to go down there and witness firsthand the operations at Guantanamo,” DoD spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters at the Pentagon today.
U.N. representatives could have visited the U.S. military-run Guantanamo detention facility, but had declined the offer because they wouldn’t be allowed to interview detainees, Whitman said yesterday. Representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross, he said, are granted such access.
No doubt critics will ignore this when the report, which I imagine will slam the US, is released. And nearly everyone will believe every word.