Apparently Harry Potter DVDs and Halal meals aren’t enough. Club Gitmo is stepping up its game hoping for five-star status in the Dubai Time Out guidebook.
The Pentagon is considering plans for a $150 million overhaul of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The proposed spending spree comes amid mounting signs of unrest among Guantanamo detainees that lawyers say is threatening their lives.
U.S. military officials confirmed Wednesday that the number of hunger strikers at Guantanamo has more than tripled in the last two weeks — from 7 to 25 — and that eight of them are being force fed through tubes. Defense lawyers said in a letter to Congress this week they have gotten reports that “over two dozen men have lost consciousness.”
Some might say that’s a budget death penalty. Not that any of them are actually going to starve to death. They just know the odds of being released, just like their comrades, increases if they put on a show for Obama Inc.
“They had great optimism that Guantanamo would be closed,” said Gen. John Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command, when asked about the hunger strikes during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee. “They were devastated, apparently… when the president backed off — at least their perception — of closing the facility.
The poor dears. I’m sure spending 150 mil to upgrade the facilities will get their faces right back in the hummus party platter again.
Kelly has signed off on construction projects that include:
- a $9.9 million “legal meeting complex” where lawyers can meet their detainee clients;
Really? Can’t they just meet in a big room with a lot of guards? Do we need a special 10 million dollar complex?
- a new $11.2 million hospital and medical units for the detainees;
So much for Cuban medicine.
- a $10.8 million “communications network facility” to store data, including computer records and tapes of interrogations, which has been required by a federal court order.
Thanks Federal court order.