RT History of Guantanamo

On certain topics – such as the problems in Ukraine – RT (Russia Today) seems to give a biased opinion to suit its needs. In Ukraine, Russia Today tends to defend the Russian viewpoint.

However, on other topics where the U.S. must play defense – such as Guantanamo – they will be diligent in their reporting. In these cases, perhaps they are more diligent than many U.S. media outlets.

Only 5 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are being held on charges in connection with 9/11.

RT’s Abby Martin (from Breaking the Set) on the History of Gitmo, methods of torture, the remaining detainees and the ongoing hunger strikes by prisoners.

RT Breaking the Set video.

Bizarre: Politicians Want Guantanamo Open Indefinitely

According to the Wall Street Journal, the White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay by overriding a congressional ban on bringing detainees to the U.S., senior administration officials said.

Such a move would be the latest and potentially most dramatic use of executive power by the president in his second term.

Secular Talk looks at the Guantanamo Bay situation.

What Happened The Last Time The U.S. Had ‘Boots On The Ground’ In Iraq?

Most people can probably still remember the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandals from nearly a decade ago.

According to Wikipedia: “The Baghdad Central Prison, formerly known as Abu Ghraib prison was a prison complex in Abu Ghraib, an Iraqi city 32 km (20 mi) west of Baghdad. After years of shared use by United States-led forces and the Iraqi government beginning in 2003 after the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. transferred complete control of the prison to the Iraqi government in 2006 and Iraq closed it down in 2014.”

The video is an SBS Dateline documentary about the Abu Ghraib prison and torture. According to SBS Dateline, “These are the photos the American government doesn’t want you to see.”

Back when the documentary came out, democraticunderground.org had this to say:

“Tonight the SBS Dateline program plans to broadcast about 60 previously unpublished photographs that the US Government has been fighting to keep secret in a court case with the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Although a US judge last year granted the union access to the photographs following a freedom-of-information request, the US Administration has appealed against the decision on the grounds their release would fuel anti-American sentiment.

“Some of the photos are similar to those published in 2004, others are different. They include photographs of six corpses, although the circumstances of their deaths are not clear. There are also pictures of what appear to be burns and wounds from shotgun pellets.

“The executive producer of Dateline, Mike Carey, said he was showing the pictures leaked to his program because it was important people understood what had happened at Abu Ghraib.”

Below are just a few photos:

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