The 10th anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility was Wednesday. On January 11, 2002, the first 20 prisoners arrived at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, being ordered detained as suspected “enemy combatants” in the global War on Terror which was initiated by the Congress and the President (without, it must be remembered, a declaration of war as mandated by the Constitution) in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Government officials representing both major political parties have praised the facility and the good work done by those charged with administering it.
Recently, Edwin Meese III, Attorney General under Ronald Reagan, writes in a CNN opinion piece that the Guantanamo Bay prison was a "world-class, state-of-the-art" necessity that "has served and continues to serve an important role in the war against terrorists since it opened 10 years ago."
Even more head shaking than Meese’s admiration for the activities known to be carried on at Gitmo, especially given the insistence by the Bush administration and others that the prisoners were “enemy combatants,” is the story told by The New American’s Thomas Eddlem in an article published last April:
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