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are planning their next moves, which their actions. This is hard for many rules they abide by to conduct the
will be predicated on if, when, and Americans to understand. We natu- safe and humane care and custody of
where the trials will resume.” rally believe they are like us. They are the detainees. The detainees under-
Military Offi cer interviewed not. Let me be clear here, however, stand the guards’ limits. The detain-
Zanetti when he still held the position this is only part of the detainee popu- ees head-butt, spit, throw bodily fl uid
of deputy commander of Joint Task lation. Not all think like this. “cocktails,” “paint” their cells with
Force Guantanamo to fi nd out more excrement, and use racial or sexual
about the everyday lives of the detain- You say abuse does occur. Who is slurs to wear down the guards both
ees housed at the detention center — abusing whom? physically and mentally. Remember,
and those American servicemembers The only abuse at GTMO is detainee- the average age of a trooper in the
who guard them. With the exception on-guard. The guards have very strict guard force is 23 years [old].
of the question “What will happen to
the detainees if GTMO closes?”, all of Why do you compare the tactics
Zanetti’s answers are from his initial of the detainees to those of the
interview with Military Offi cer.
This interview has been edited for
The only abuse
length and, in some cases, clarity.
at GTMO is
Why have you called the detain-
ees “some of the darkest souls
detainee-on-
on Earth?”
guard. ... The
The reason I call some of them “dark
souls” is because they do not see the
detainees un-
humanity in non-Muslims. [To them,]
killing an American is akin to killing a
derstand the
bug. Some — not all — of the detainees
guards’ limits.
are the equivalent of Charles Manson,
with a religious foundation justifying
Guards patrol inside Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s
Camp 6. Brig. Gen. Gregory Zanetti, ARNG, above, speaks
at breakfast at the Seaside Galley at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
9 6 M I L I T A R Y O F F I C E R M A R C H 2 0 0 9 PHOTOS: ABOVE, PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS JOSHUA TREADWELL,
USN/JTF GUANTANAMO; TOP, PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS JAYME
PASTORIC, USN/JTF GUANTANAMO
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