Stimson also described Guantanamo as "certainly, probably the most transparent and open location in the world" because of visits from more than 2,000 journalists since it opened five years ago. However, journalists are not allowed to talk to detainees on those visits, their photos are censored, and their access to the base has at times been cut off.Going to be a long week for the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs...
He discounted international outrage over the detention center as "small little protests around the world" that were "drummed up by Amnesty International" and inflated in importance by liberal news media outlets.
FBI agents have documented more than two dozen incidents of possible mistreatment at Guantanamo. In one, a detainee's head was wrapped in duct tape because he chanted the Koran; in a second, a detainee pulled out his hair after hours in a sweltering room.
In a December court ruling, a federal judge in Washington decried the plight of "some of the unfortunate petitioners who have been detained for many years in the terrible conditions at Guantanamo Bay."
The judge criticized a system in which dozens have been held without charges and cut off from the world for lack of English or knowledge about the law, leaving them no choice but to turn to a fellow prisoner with connections for legal help.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
The Washington Post to keep the Stimson comments alive
In tomorrow's Washington Post, on page A5, another article about Charles Stimson. This article notes,