NY Post: Guantanamo Inmates Pampered, Overweight

Image: NY Post: Guantanamo Inmates Pampered, Overweight

Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 08:14 PM

By Greg Richter

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Some terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay are currently waging a hunger strike over what they call cruel conditions at the U.S. military base, but in 2007 extraordinary measures were taken by the Obama administration to ensure the prisoners' comfort.

At one point, the prisoners gained so much weight eating an Islamic-approved diet the camp ordered exercise machines to help them trim down, the New York Post reports. 

But as soon as the prisoners noticed the machines were made in America, and not a Muslim country, they refused to use them, an official at the camp then told the Post.

"So what did we do?" said the official, who requested anonymity. "We took all of that s--t out, gave it to the soldiers to use, and bought them equipment that was made in a Muslim part of the world."

Even the prisoners currently on hunger strike were gaining weight, said the official, calling the detainees "some of the most pampered prisoners on the planet."

They get up to four choices of halal meals, use of a new $750,000 soccer field and Islamic prayer beads and rugs. They also get Qurans and tiny hammocks to hang them in to keep them from touching the ground. Only the Muslim librarian can touch the Qurans, the official said.

At one point the prisoners persuaded officials not to raise the American flag where they could see it.

The Pentagon, which did not comment for the Post article, is considering a $150 million renovation of the facility to meet prisoner demands. Already, prisoners cost $800,000 a year to detain, the Post said.

"I know some in the military leadership who are trying to make things more comfortable [for the detainees], but it’s not really about making the detainees more comfortable," the official told the Post. "It’s about placating the Beltway and making the P.R. war shift in our direction a little bit."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Sen. Mark Udall: 'I Absolutely Stand By' Call for CIA's Brennan to Resign

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 21:58 PM

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan may have avoided losing his job over charges that the CIA spied on Sen . . .

US Forces Carry Out Operation Against Al-Shabaab in Somalia

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 20:44 PM

U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of De . . .

'Time' Mourns Dwindling Numbers of 'Social Justice' Nuns

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 20:39 PM

A Time magazine article bemoans the stark decline in the number of "social activist" women religious in the U.S. today,  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved