IN THE MAIL: Inside Gitmo: The True Story Behind the Myths of Guantanamo Bay

Inside Gitmo: The True Story Behind the Myths of Guantanamo Bay by Gordon Cucullu

Very timely: Inside Gitmo: The True Story Behind the Myths of Guantanamo Bay by Gordon Cucullu:

The U.S. military detention center at Guantánamo Bay—known to the public as Gitmo—has been called the American Gulag, a scene of medieval horrors where innocent farmers and goat herders swept up in Afghanistan and Iraq have been sequestered, tortured, and abused for years on end without access to legal counsel or basic medical services.

Gordon Cucullu, a retired army colonel, was so appalled by these reports that he decided to see for himself. In a series of visits he inspected every corner of the camp and interviewed dozens of personnel, from guards and interrogators to cooks and nurses. The result—coming just as the Obama administration wants to close the facility—is a riveting description of daily life for both prisoners and guards. Cucullu describes the six camps reserved for different levels of compliance, details the treatment of prisoners, and examines their experiences in detail, including the techniques used to interrogate them, the food they eat, their medical care, how they communicate with one another, and the many ingenious ways they contrive to assault and injure their guards.

While some prisoners were indeed treated harshly in the early days, when the hastily built camp was flooded with battlefield captures and fears ran high of another 9/11-style attack, Cucullu finds that these excesses were quickly corrected. Current treatment and oversight routines exceed the standards of any maximum-security prison in the world.

Despite what the public has heard, these are not innocent goatherds but dedicated jihadists whose overriding goal—as they themselves candidly say—is to kill Americans. Should they now be released to return to the fight, perhaps on American soil? Read this book and decide for yourself.

Comments

  1. Sounds interesting, but I probably won’t buy it. The synopsis you’ve posted tends to support my post in the previous blog article. Gitmo is professionally run to accepted US correctional standards. Bitching and whining about conditions and practices there is just that……….bitching and whining. Mostly by ignorant hand wringing care bears, or lefties with an agenda, I suspect.

    PS: Betcha Obama closes it anyway though.

  2. @Flanker: I thought he already did?

    I didn’t really have time to read up on the news. I was more worried about textbooks and finding a second on-campus job.

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