Life in an American Small Town – called Guantanamo


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❝ Guantánamo Bay, known for orange jumpsuits and abuse of detainees, has school field trips. Also a McDonald’s, a bowling alley, a kickball league, Monday night flamenco lessons for parents and a pretty good water slide in the center of town. It’s the oddly small-town wholesome Guantánamo you rarely hear about.

A single main street runs through the base. It starts at the gate to Cuba, where diplomats from the two countries hold monthly meetings, and winds along the bay to the ivory-colored, century-old Windward Point Lighthouse, perched on a grassy cliff above rough beaches of crushed coral. Along the road are wharves, piers and warehouses to service ships, but also an outdoor movie theater, an espresso bar and a gift shop selling “GTMO” shot glasses and tank tops.

An enjoyable, informative read. Probably unnoticed by folks like our fake president or even policy wonks in the two political parties we’re allowed.

2 thoughts on “Life in an American Small Town – called Guantanamo

  1. McLeod says:

    (Miami Herald 23 Feb 2018): A wildfire that broke out on the Cuban side of Guantanamo Bay jumped the fence line Thursday, threatening U.S. Navy base buildings and forcing evacuations of four neighborhoods, including one where prison guards live. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/02/23/wildfires-gitmo-force-evacuation-some-housing-areas.html
    “Right now, everyone is safe,” base spokeswoman Julie Ann Ripley said Thursday afternoon. Base workers were “doing a full accountability report,” a military term for checking rosters and counting heads. Base security officials shut down the road leading to the Detention Center Zone, cutting off the main part of the outpost from the base within the base where the Pentagon holds 41 war-on-terror detainees. The emergency occurred a week ahead of a planned session of the military commissions in the 9/11 mass murder case.

  2. Update says:

    US commander of Guantanamo Bay prison ‘relieved of duty’ : Navy Rear Adm. John Ring was fired for a ‘loss of confidence in his ability to command’, the US Southern Command said. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/commander-guantanamo-bay-prison-relieved-duty-190429064802643.html The decision to remove Ring from his post was not associated with a recent media visit which he hosted at the base, the New York Times reported.
    Shortly after taking over responsibly for the prison facility [in 2002], Ring began to advocate for a new prison to be built for some 15 detainees who had been held by the CIA before their 2006 transfer to US military custody, because they were aging, the New York Times reported.
    Currently, about 40 prisoners are being held at the infamous prison. At its peak, in mid-2003, it held nearly 700 detainees.
    Last year, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep the facility open.

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