Gitmo Reporting – “Alice in Wonderland”

Newsbusters writer Mark Finkelstein interviews Charles “Cully” Stimson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs:

Observed Stimson: “We’ve had over 2,000 journalists visit Gitmo. People who go and see it for themselves realize it’s almost Alice in Wonderland – down is up and up is down. The caricature of Guantanamo is exactly the opposite of the reality of Guantanamo.

Stimson’s experience has been that people who had been harsh critics prior to their visit typically change their opinion after they leave. Among the examples cited by Stimson is that of James Ellis, a Brit who had been very critical of conditions at Gitmo. After his visit, he adopted the position that closing Gitmo would in fact make the world a more dangerous place.

Funny how you never hear of anyone saying “I’ve been there, and we must close it immediately.” Let’s face it – if there was someone like that, they’d be all over the news.

(Of course, the left’s excuse is the ususal conspiracy of “oh, we/they weren’t allowed to see the whole thing…”)

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