Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on January 30, 2002

One thing I did get to see early this morning when I returned home from work was a little item on Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Feinstein apparently visited the infamous Camp X-Ray and revealed how the facilities there were better than those at some California prisons, notably San Quentin. The senator said that if she had a choice, she would pick Camp X-Ray.

Also along that note, it seems that the U.S. may have gotten the Brits to quit their whining about the conditions at Camp X-Ray and at its sister facility in Afghanistan. It seems that, in addition to the three currently at X-Ray, there are approximately 100 more British citizens under lock and key in Afghanistan who were fighting on al Qaeda's side. U.S. officials reportedly offered to just ship all 100+ of them back to Britain and let them worry about it.

The Brits started screaming about how much of a danger they were and they didn't have secure facilities to house them in, etc. Anyway, there should be a little less whining coming from the other side of the pond.

Finally, Toby Harden reports on the Wall Street Journal's editorial page about his visit to Gitmo.

Brutalized? I have seen the inmates resting or chatting to their neighbors from cages big enough to do jumping jacks in. They are receiving hot showers, halal meals, Apple Jacks, Froot Loops and Granola Bars.

Tortured? Far from inflicting wounds, the U.S. military is healing them. There are 161 medical staff treating the detainees. I have talked to surgeons who told me that hardened fighters suffering from shrapnel and bullet wounds had thanked them after being operated on.

Humiliated? Korans have been distributed and I have witnessed a Muslim chaplain arriving to lead the predawn call to prayer. Guards are so anxious that the detainees might suffer the indignity of defecating in public that they have devised a hand-signal system. "Who would want to do the Number Two in a bucket?" asked Staff Sgt. Monte Webster, a military policeman from Baltimore. "So they hold up the Number Two and we get to them as fast as we can and take them to the bathroom."

To quote Dr. Evil: "Zip it!"


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