GITMO 2008

There’s a lot of controversy over what to do with the detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay. The US Supreme Court recently ruled that detainees from the war on terror held there have the right of habeous corpus and may challenge their detention in federal (civilian) court.

This was a terrible decision, incorrectly injecting the civilian courts into what is and has always been a matter for the military. Given, however, that the Court wants to interject itself into this matter, Republican Congressman Louis Gohmert of Texas has, in a spirit of cooperation, proposed legislation to help the court carry out its desires. How? Ship the detainees and put them on the grounds of the Supreme Court.

AsĀ  a personal aside, I never made it to Guantanamo. I came pretty close though. Back in the 90s, by battalion from Ft. Carson was ordered to Gitmo for six months to help run the refugee camps there for Hatian and Cuban boat people. I was away at an Army school for about three of those months, and spent the rest of the time on the “rear detachment” running the home office, as it were. Most of the guys kinda liked Gitmo itself (except for being away from their friends and families). They liked the Cubans. The Cubans were mostly families and pretty much ran their own camps, setting up work rosters and running classes and staging entertainment for themselves. The Hatians were another matter. They came from a society so dysfunctional that they couldn’t even help run their own camp. Just a quick glance at a photo would tell you which camp was wich. One was spotless, with walkways lined by rocks and a sense of ownership apparent in each tent. The dirty, trashy ones? Hatian.

And, no, they weren’t torturing anyone. People in either camp were free to leave anytime. They just couldn’t come to the US.

1 thought on “GITMO 2008”

  1. This is totally un-PC, but some friends from South America said that the Cubans, back in the day, were called “The Whites of the Caribbean”

    (ducking)

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