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Q & A GUANTANAMO BAY
Irish Republican Army (IRA)
against the British in the 1970s
and 1980s?
... GTMO has
The IRA used hunger strikes, feces
smearing, suicides, and a drumbeat become big-
of false brutality charges as part of
their strategic communications cam-
ger than just
paign to engender sympathy for their
a detention
cause. These are the same tactics we
see employed at GTMO. There are no
facility. ... It
coincidences here. The detainees fol-
low an al-Qaida fi eld manual known
has morphed
as the Manchester Document to ex-
into a symbol.
ecute their battlefi eld operations in-
side the wire at GTMO. And yes, the
detainees see GTMO as an extension
of the battlefi eld.
Describe the camps and the condi-
tions of detention.
I believe the best way to do this is to
describe to you something called the
“BUB” or the Battle Update Brief.
Now why do we call it that? Well, we
know the detainees see the camps
as merely an extension of the battle-
fi eld. They have their own military
leaders, spiritual leaders, forgers,
trigger-pullers, and facilitators in
the camps. Our [servicemembers]
deal with working al-Qaida cells on a
Personal effects given to detainees are displayed for the
daily basis — and do so admirably.
media. Detainees, above, sit in the exercise yard in Camp 4.
Anyway, the BUB is a daily brief-
ing that takes place in a room that is
way too small — with no windows 112 present. Last night, detainee items removed. When asked why he
— and occasionally smells bad. There 765 requested onions and parsley did it, 155 just laughed. The guard
is a U-shaped table where the staff on his salad and requested to see was sent to medical where he is
sits along the sides. At the end of the the camp commander regarding his being evaluated. Finally, 767 yelled
table the admiral and I sit along with request. 844 wants a better detainee at a female guard saying, ‘I am going
the camp commander and the com- newsletter, and 632 has requested a to rape you. I am going to rape you.
mand sergeant major. One by one the Bowfl ex machine, because he says And when I get out of here I am
cellblock NCOs stand up and give a he is not getting enough of an upper going to kill you and your family.’
very clinical recap of the previous 24 body workout. Sir, barring any questions, that con-
hours. The detainees are referred to “We had three signifi cant activi- cludes my report.”
by number, and their picture fl ashes ties last night. 601 balled up feces
on a screen as they are referenced. and threw it at the guard, hitting What do you think is the strategic
I will now do my best impression him in the chest, saying next time value of GTMO?
of a typical morning report at the he would hit him in the mouth. I believe GTMO has become bigger
BUB. Obviously, I will not use real Next, as 155 was being taken to [rec- than just a detention facility. There
names or real detainee numbers. reation], he bit a guard on the arm are more than 20,000 detainees
“Good morning, Sir, Chief Sim- until it bled. Detainee was not al- being held in Iraq and Afghanistan,
mons Camp 6. We have 112 assigned, lowed [recreation] and had comfort yet the country [CONTINUES ON PAGE 104]
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