Monday, July 31, 2006

Abuse @ Gitmo!

Yes, it is true. There are chronic abuses taking place at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Just not in the direction we've been misled to believe:

The prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay during the war on terror have attacked their military guards hundreds of times, turning broken toilet parts, utensils, radios and even a bloody lizard tail into makeshift weapons, Pentagon reports say.

Incident reports reviewed by The Associated Press indicate Military Police guards are routinely head-butted, spat upon and doused by "cocktails" of feces, urine, vomit and sperm collected in meal cups by the prisoners.

They've been repeatedly grabbed, punched or assaulted by prisoners who reach through the small "bean holes" used to deliver food and blankets through cell doors, the reports say....

Guards currently stationed at Guantanamo describe a tense atmosphere in which prisoners often orchestrate violence in hopes of unnerving their captors, especially with attacks using bodily fluids.

"I mean, seeing a human being act that way, it's terrifying. ... You are constantly watching before you take your next step to see if something is about to happen," Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Mack D. Keen told AP in an interview from Guantanamo. [emphasis added]

Well, now. That's a side of the story that the public never hears anything about, isn't it? Particularly that italicized phrase above: "It's terrifying." Even when in a cage these Islamist animals are still committing acts of terrorism on the only scale they can muster. Which underscores why it is imperative that they stay caged.

Moreover, it also highlights the horrendously thankless task their guards are assigned, particularly the female guards, and how the wonder is that there haven't been far more instances of retaliation on their part given the permanently elevated level of constant provocation from the "detainees":

The Landmark Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group that fought to force the Pentagon to release the reports under the Freedom of Information Act, said it hopes the information brings balance to the Guantanamo debate.

"Lawyers for the detainees have done a great job painting their clients as innocent victims of U.S. abuse when the fact is that these detainees, as a group, are barbaric and extremely dangerous," Landmark President Mark Levin said. "They are using their terrorist training on the battlefield to abuse our guards and manipulate our Congress and our court system."

Indeed they have, and to great effect. They know our weaknesses, and that chief among them is our media and political system and the multi-culti idols to which both still bow down. Just as the men and women who undertake the reputation-destroying job of keeping watch at Gitmo are among our greatest strengths:

"Yes, you do get upset but you get somebody to take your place," Keen said in explaining how he survives the tensions of the cell block. "You go outside. You walk it off and you come back and (say) I want to be back in the fight."

CPO Keen and his compatriots are better people than I, and definitely better people than their quisling detractors. It's far past time the abuse they've endured from their own side be terminated, and their quiet heroism be celebrated instead. Hopefully this story will be but the beginning of those long-overdue accolades.