23 February 2009

More of the same

President Obama commissioned a report on what was going on down in Guantanamo the second day he took office. Said report was finalized and released last Friday. 

Have you heard about it? The NYT reported on it Friday and the Washington Post covered it Saturday, but since then, has been only one follow-up from the Times.

Why is this? Well, read for yourself:
A Pentagon review of conditions at the Guantanamo Bay military prison has concluded that the treatment of detainees meets the requirements of the Geneva Conventions but that prisoners in the highest-security camps should be allowed more religious and social interaction, according to a government official who has read the 85-page document.
And here:

Admiral Walsh, appointed by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates to conduct a review of Guantánamo conditions that was ordered by the president, conceded that there had been widespread accusations of violence against detainees, humiliating treatment and other abuses. 

But “we found no such evidence,” he said at a Pentagon news conference. 

Rather, he said, after random visits and interviews with detainees, guards, interrogators and commanders, his team concluded that Guantánamo complied with the Geneva Conventions, which among other things bar “humiliating and degrading treatment.” 

The report addressed 27 categories of treatment, including health care and disciplinary rules.
This is one of the things that bothers me most about the media. They'll harp on Gitmo for years, decrying it as a place of illegal acts and torture, a place that needs to be shut down, on and on and on. 

So when it is discovered that none of that is actually true, do they admit their mistake? Heck no. They pretend it never happened and find something else to attack.

Same for Iraq. When solider casualties were high in the Middle East, the newspapers took great delight in writing how the war effort was a failure and how President Bush had hoodwinked the country into an "unwinnable" war. 

But now that things have settled down in Iraq, and casualties (both military and civilian) are almost non-existent, we hear nothing. Nothing. It's like we aren't even over there anymore.

If these news organizations had any decency or morals whatsoever, they'd admit their opinions were incorrect and earn the trust of people like me. And maybe next time they'd be less quick to judge. 


1 comment:

MooKoo Joe said...


Yet, there are so many people out there that really don't care. We need to get in a positive outlook, America does, and out of this state of negative nastiness. It's disgusting in my opinion.