Guantanamo Prison Humane, Pentagon Recommends More Prayer and Group RecreationHuman rights groups aren't happy with the report President Obama ordered last month, about the appalling, degrading, awful, disgusting, terrible, brutal - - - you get the idea - - - conditions that an oppressive regime forces Islamic activists to endure at Guantanamo.
The Pentagon came up with the wrong answers.
The report apparently found that conditions at Guantanamo were humane, according to Geneva Convention standards. America's military did have some recommendations, though. Particularly troublesome prisoners should get more time for prayer, and for group recreation.
As the Los Angeles Times put it, "Rights groups criticize the findings." (LAT)
Bagram Airfield Detainees: Obama Confirms Bush PolicyPresident Barack Obama's administration made an important decision: Detainees at Bagram Airfield, in Afghanistan, don't have the same rights as American citizens.
They can't use American courts to challenge their detention.
That policy was set during the Bush administration: part of President Bush's efforts to wage a successful war on terror.
This didn't go down very well in some quarters.
" 'The hope we all had in President Obama to lead us on a different path has not turned out as we'd hoped,' said Tina Monshipour Foster, a human rights attorney representing a detainee at the Bagram Airfield. 'We all expected better.' " (AP)
My reaction is "I had feared worse."
But, I had hoped that Barack Obama, once he was at sitting at the desk where the buck stops, would behave responsibly.
America is at war, and although it's important to live up to this country's high standards: It's also prudent to remember who's trying to bring down the country: rights groups, human rights attorneys and all.
Things tend to look different, when you're the one in charge.
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