A Pentagon report requested by President Obama on the conditions at the Guantánamo Bay detention center concludes that the prison complies with the humanitarian requirements of the Geneva conventions, but it makes many recommendations for increasing human contact among the prisoners, according to two government officials who have read portions of it.The review, requested by President Obama on the second day of his administration, is due to be delivered to the White House this weekend.
The White House did not immediately respond on Friday to a request for comment.
It has been clear that some Pentagon officials have continued to press the case that the Bush administration’s approach to handling detainee issues — and the Guantánamo Bay prison itself — should not be abandoned. The report is likely to continue that behind-the-scenes struggle.
One Pentagon official, speaking anonymously because no one had been authorized to discuss the report publicly, said it showed that the Bush administration created a humane detention camp that has been unfairly characterized by critics. Speaking of the remaining 245 detainees there, this official said the report underscored that if the men are moved, they may “go from a humane environment to a less humane environment.”
Critics of the Guantánamo Bay detention center, which is located on the grounds of an American naval base at the eastern end of Cuba, have been preparing for Admiral Walsh’s report. They said they were concerned that the new administration would use it to avoid major alterations to Guantánamo during the year President Obama has said it may take to close the prison.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Well, What Do You Know? The Pentagon Report Obama Requested Says, Guantanamo Bay Is Geneva-Compliant
Of course, all of us supporters of the torturous, maniacal, homicidal, fascist Bush regime have been saying this for years. And no one listened.
But, I have a feeling that now that Obama is saying it, everything will be a-ok.
Oh yes, and no apologies will be forthcoming.
Posted by Pastorius at 2:05 PM