Here's something you'd be hard pressed to find the British and European media reporting...
New York PostFIVE years after the establisment of the Guantanamo prison camp, angry protests demand immediate release of the "unfortunate innocents." Are the protestors waving "Bushitler" signs right? Is Gitmo a hotbed of Inquisition-style torture that should be closed, and its detainees freed?
Last month, on my fifth and longest trip to Guantanamo, I toured the newly opened, ultra-modern Camp VI, a maximum-security prison modeled after a Michigan county prison. Combined with the holding capacity of Camp V, also very modern, it can hold just about all of Gitmo's reduced detainee population.
Reduced? Yes. Of the slightly fewer than 800 original detainees, most of whom were evacuated from Afghanistan's bloody battlefields in 2002, only about 350 remain. The balance have been transferred to home countries for case disposition or released outright.
Of those last, more than two dozen have resurfaced on the battlefield. A couple were ID'd from their corpses, others from propaganda videos released as terrorist recruiting tools. Of those transferred, some are in local prisons - but many more were released after perfunctory trials in their home countries, or no process at all.
Britain takes pride in having released its transferred Gitmo detainees within 18 hours and with no more judicial process than the time required for a compliant judge to sign some papers. Ironically, the U.K.-passport-holding few left in Guantanamo would happily slit the throats ofthe (mostly non-Muslim) Brits marching for their release. How do I know? Because they tell authorities exactly that.