Amnesty International calls the Guantanamo Bay detention center "a human rights scandal." Five months ago, the UN issued its report detailing the rampant human rights violations, and barely one month ago our President opined wistfully about closing the place. However, we are informed by a report in the Independent that the Pentagon is about to open a new and expanded maximum-security facility on the island.
Camp 6, a state-of-the-art maximum-security jail built by a Halliburton subsidiary, will be able to hold 200 prisoners. Commander Robert Durand, a spokesman for Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said the $30m, two-storey block was due to open at the end of September. He added:"Camp 6 is designed to improve the quality of life for the detainees and provide greater protection for the people working in the facility....Commander Durand said Camp 6 will have better recreation and exercise amenities for detainees and integrated medical care. "Well, if you can't have your rights, I guess there's something to be said for having all the amenities.
(And good for Halliburton to get that contract before the military stopped giving them preference!)