Exclusive interview with a GITMO guard

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Majikthise has this: 'Exclusive interview with a GITMO guard'.Majikthise says:
"Holdbrooks says he and his fellow military police got a lot of propaganda, including a visit to Ground Zero before they shipped out, but not much guard training before they were dispatched to guard detainees billed as too dangerous to be contained within the U.S. legal system"
Not a good thing, me thinks. One would be prone to supposing Holdbrook and his buddies wouldn't have been too nice to the inmates. The medical staff was, however. Oh well, nice enough anyway:
"While the guards were less than professional, the medical staffs, usually Navy and Marine Corpsmen were quite professional... patient care was patient care, whether the patient was an American or an accused terrorist"
We quote Majikthise, and have nothing to add:
"These detainees were supposedly so dangerous that they couldn't be housed at Fort Leavenworth or any other US Supermax facility. Yet the military felt comfortable entrusting them to military police officers who had never worked as prison guards before.

Kinda of makes you wonder whether the military believed its rhetoric about the terrible dangers these detainees would pose if they were ever allowed within the U.S. legal system."

More interesting than the Majikthise bit, is the original interview on the Talking Dog: 'March 11, 2009, TD Blog Interview with Terry Holdbrooks, Jr.'. Turns out mister Holdbrooks is a muslim himself, so there you go with the 'not too nice to the inmates' bit. Why not? Why not, indeed.

Ah well, there's humour to be found everywhere:

"Terry Holdbrooks: This music issue is certainly something to struggle with as a Muslim. I will say that there is some debate within the Islamic community as to the scope of the injunction... is it all music in all forms? There is some accepted opinion that, if the music is spiritual in nature, or created with good intentions, there is no reason why a devout Muslim cannot appreciate it. Something like Marilyn Manson, for example, is not "created with good intentions" or likely to fit with this, but plenty of worthy music is. Music by Johnny Cash, System of a Down, any classical artist, soundtracks of a musical instrumental only nature, Broadway productions, etc., that, for example, relates to issues of the Armenian genocide, or other music with a cause, such as to advance knowledge, is certainly within this worthy category, and I certainly would hope that this kind of music can be duly appreciated."
Johnny Cash? Broadway productions that relate to issues of the Armenian genocide? The mind boggles. And mister Holdbrooks, obviously not being a Johnny Cash fan or an avid visitor of Broadway productions that relate to issues of the Armenian genocide, is suffering:
"As for me personally, what the injunctions mean is that I have about $6,000 in audio equipment, over 500 CDs and 38 gigabytes of music that just don't get played! I have found the music injunction harder than the bans on alcohol, tobacco and pork!"
Too bad, so sad, never mind.

12-03-2009 22.44 | Door: Fish Finger P. (with a P that stands for Plastered)


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