‘Waist’ of money at Guantanamo Bay as detainees get prison’s ‘infidel’ gym replaced

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NY Post: Americans are supposed to have sympathy for the accused terrorist detainees now on hunger strike to protest supposedly cruel conditions at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“I don’t want these individuals to die,” President Obama recently lamented, adding he intends to close Gitmo and transfer the detainees to US prisons.

But just a few years ago, detainees got so plump from overeating hummus and other dishes from the camp’s Islamically correct menu that commanders specially ordered treadmills to help them lose weight. Then they ordered them again — because they weren’t made by Muslims.

“Even the hunger strikers were gaining weight because of all the food, so we go out and buy all this exercise equipment and throw it in the rec yard,” a Gitmo official said of a 2007 requisition. “Within the first week, there were guys saying, ‘Hey, this stuff is made in the US — made by infidels — and we’re not going to use it.’

“So what did we do?” added the official, who requested anonymity. “We took all of that s–t out, gave it to the soldiers to use, and bought them equipment that was made in a Muslim part of the world.”

The Pentagon declined to comment.

The official called Gitmo detainees “some of the most pampered prisoners on the planet.” He said they get as many as four choices of halal meals and have access to a new $750,000 soccer field. Islamic prayer beads and rugs are now “standard issue.” They get their choice of more than 10,000 Islamic books and videos stocked by a Muslim librarian, who also records soccer and Arabic TV for them. They even have their own clerics to preach to them in Arabic.

Everyone gets a Koran, paperback or hardback, along with little hammocks to keep their holy book from touching the ground when not in use.

Guards are prohibited from handling the books. The Muslim librarian is “the only one that’s allowed to touch the Korans anymore, per detainee request,” the official said. “If I went into the Koran room and started rifling through a Koran, I could be fired.”

But no one gets a Bible, because the Bible could “incite” the terrorists. Detainees even persuaded prison officials to stop raising the American flag anywhere they could see it.

Gitmo is no longer a prison camp; it’s a state-sponsored madrassa. But that’s not good enough for these inmates. They’re now demanding newer facilities and easier access to lawyers. More are threatening hunger strikes and unrest if they don’t get their way.

So the Pentagon is considering plans for a $150million overhaul to what is already the world’s most costly prison per capita. Each inmate at Gitmo costs roughly $800,000 a year to detain, for a total annual operating budget of more than $170 million.

The military already has approved construction projects, including a new $11 million hospital and medical units for detainees, along with a $10 million “legal meeting complex,” where lawyers and human-rights groups can huddle with detainees.

Mostly, this is politics. “I know some in the military leadership who are trying to make things more comfortable [for the detainees], but it’s not really about making the detainees more comfortable,” said the official. “It’s about placating the Beltway and making the p.r. war shift in our direction a little bit.” “A lot of these programs stem from that,” he added.

These prisoners are spoiled beyond belief. Too bad it’s costing us so much money to meet their every little demand.

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japoa
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Gee , I wonder if non-muslims get the same treatment in Iranian jails ? Damn , why don’t we just kiss their azz when they do their prayer thing !

TrailDust
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Remember to make September 11, 2013 a day of prayer and repentance. The only thing that will turn this nation around is God’s people turning, repenting and seeking His face.

Number 41
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Number 41

Why haven’t they been taken to trial? How many years of prison would you accept with no trial? At $800k per year, we cannot afford the lack of due process indefinitely.

Only rationalization I can see is the coddling (of the prisoners we refuse to put on trial) might spur some information gathering. But hard to believe someone that’s been in that long has any meaningful connection at this point. Looks more like a TBTF cash cow at this point.

Dr. Eowyn
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How is Guantanamo “a TBTF cash cow” ??

Number 41
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Number 41

Look at the list in the article. Some US companies get to sell/build all that stuff – and apparently didn’t have any problem taking your money to do it. So much of Guantanamo has been temporary or disposable structures, it is a permanent construction project – because it was temporary and was going to be shut down. $800k per prisoner isn’t going in the soldier’s pockets. Then we have Obama claim that he will close it, followed by multi-million dollar spending sprees. If we believe the story that these prisoners are real boogie-men and we hold them in a prison… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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Ah, I see your point. Some people (contractors) are making money off keeping Gitmo.

Number41
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Number41

And lawyers.

Number41
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Number41

But then you have these stories:

https://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/01/guantanamo-lawyers-file-lawsuit-over-grotesque-forced-feeding-of-hunger-strikers/

“The four were rounded up during counterterrorism operations but are among the 86 prisoners cleared for release or transfer years ago. ”

Why are we holding 86 people (for years) at $800,000 per when they are cleared for release or transfer? Transfer to what/where?

Put them on trial or let them go. We are delaying justice (if we still believe in it). If they cannot be convicted in a military court, with its limitations in favor of the prosecution, that is pitiful.

Anonymous
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This is sad… while our guys don’t live nearly as well overseas.

Steve
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Anon, I heard on the radio today they get a 5,000 calorie a day diet.
WTF, they training for the olympics. 😥

igor
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igor

where is a Dalak when you need one exterminate exterminate not sure how to spell Dalak or Daloch the enemy to Doctor Who who roll around and generally say one thing exterminate

wildbillalaska
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The “Doctor” should prescribe a double dose of .22 hollow point, administered directly to the spinal column at the base of the skull of each prisoner to “ease” their pain of having to live amongst us infidels. End of controversy. These “people” are radical Islamic scum and are a pox on humanity and like any other disease should be treated as such and eradicated, not pampered and treated with “politically correct” kid gloves.

WBA

hujonwi
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hujonwi

Let Paula Dean work out a menu and if they don’t want to eat it… oh well… save us some money… if the libards are so worried about this, we can move them to their house…