Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Gitmo: Myth vs. Reality

Those pushing to close down Guantanamo Bay might want to read an op-ed by Air Force colonel and chief prosecutor in the Defense Department’s Office of Military Commissions Morris D. Davis in today's New York Times. As Col. Davis makes clear, the reality of Gitmo is a far cry from the myths put forward by its opponents:
Today, most of the detainees are housed in new buildings modeled after civilian prisons in Indiana and Michigan. Detainees receive three culturally appropriate meals a day. Each has a copy of the Koran. Guards maintain respectful silence during Islam’s five daily prayer periods, and medical care is provided by the same practitioners who treat American service members. Detainees are offered at least two hours of outdoor recreation each day, double that allowed inmates, including convicted terrorists, at the “supermax” federal penitentiary in Florence, Colo.

Standards at Guantánamo rival or exceed those at similar institutions in the United States and abroad. After an inspection by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in March 2006, a Belgian police official said, “At the level of detention facilities, it is a model prison, where people are better treated than in Belgian prisons.”
Clearly, the standards being maintained at Gitmo are above and beyond what, some might argue, hardened Islamic terrorists deserve. But to demand further accomodations is beyond the pale. And why should terrorists who wear no uniform and subscribe to none of its precepts be accorded the rights of the Geneva Convention anyway?

But critics of Gitmo, who conveniently ignore that a growing number of those already set free have returned to the battlefield, will not be happy until the place is shut down and every last inmate is running amok.

Here's an idea: How about an "adopt a terrorist" program for those who are so eager to see the end of Gitmo?

Yeah, didn't think so.

Update: editor and "Best of the Web" blogger James Taranto elaborates on the subject in "The Truth About Guantanamo."


Anonymous GM Roper said...

Cinnamon, good report and thanks for including the info from the DOD Officer's op-ed. The naysayers about Gitmo are a mealy mouthed bunch who have consistently spread lies and pseudo-information regarding the conditions of Gitmo. In reality, information avialable to them (and to us) is that many (most?) of the prisoners have better living conditions at Gitmo than they ever had in the caves of Afghanistan or the sands of Iraq.

Those of us who are open to such information are cognizent of this, those who are against the war, Bush (BDS of course) and Gitmo absolutely refuse to acknowledge this information because the cognitive dissonance would be too much for them to handle. They too know the truth, but they have repressed that information in favor of cheap theatrics, legal challenges and uniformed blather if not outright lies (flushing the Koran down the toilet for example when anyone with a lick of intellect will tell you that even something as small as a comic book couldn't be flushed down a toilet.)

The absolute refusal of the detractors to even consider that there is a just and a legal reason to detain these people shows where their feelings come from and it ain't a pretty picture. I suspect that you will find ZERO lefties and other detractors (Ron Paul for example) willing to adopt a terrorist. Again, thanks for the report, you done good. ;-)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Cinnamon some people in our native land might welcome an "adopt a terrorist" program and I am not kidding. Some college professor is already coming out with a book of poems written by the nefarious folks ! Have you checked into that ?

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 4:18:00 PM  
Blogger Old Labour said...

It used to be that enemy troops would rush to surrender to American troops. The vast majority of Iraqi troops surrendered because they thought they would be treated well.

Now the world knows the United States uses systematic torture and virtually endless detention, you can bet people won't be surrendering.

The government even wants to prosecute a child soldier for actions that occurred when he was ten.

Now scumbags who rape and abuse children and force them into combat will be saying, if you surrender to the Americans it will be worse.

Have we gained so much by abandoning the Geneva conventions, that it is worth having to fight whole armies to the death of the last man?

I can rest assured there will be no mass surrenders of Iranian troops if we invade Iran.

We have created a world were ten year olds will reasonably choose to fight to the death rather than surrender to US troops. God help us.

Thursday, July 26, 2007 10:27:00 PM  

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