Murdoc’s sick, but I’ve got a little sicker. Here’s AP/MSNBC’s story on the UN request to “shut down the prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay and either release all detainees being held there or bring them to trial”:
Some have decried the UN’s choice not to visit Gitmo while compiling their report. Other’s have decried the US’ choice not not allow the UN to interview detainees, the reason the UN gave for declining the invitation.
Let’s look at the image used by MSNBC. Hmmm. Looks like Camp X-Ray to me. You know Camp X-Ray. It was the temporary area constructed when the detention facility first opened. The one that’s been SHUT DOWN SINCE APRIL 2002. You read that right, boys and girls. The image on the big story about the call to shut down the facility is using a picture of a facility that has been shut down for nearly four years.
Here’s a more recent image of Camp X-Ray:
Now, to be fair, the UN is calling for the shutdown of the entire facility. But it’s pretty unfair to mis-characterize the nature of the facility you’re criticizing, no?
In December I noted that the DoD reported that the detainees were now housed in “more modern, comfortable facilities, and improvements continue”, and wrote:
Now, everything’s relative, of course. And “more modern, comfortable facilities” aren’t necessarily “modern, comfortable facilities”. But if there’s a real problem with the current facilities, why do we keep seeing pictures of the old facilities when we’re hearing about how awful Guantanamo is?
Then there’s this in the story, too:
The detention facility was opened during the first month of George Bush’s presidency, eight months before 9/11? And critics say the man was unprepared.
Or maybe this is just a generally-crappy news report. I guess it’s a case of ‘real but inaccurate’?