More insights on life inside Gitmo
The article in the Oct. 29 edition titled “Gitmo guards don’t blink” (page 26) made some interesting observations. The article pointed out that before guards are deployed at Guantanamo Bay, they go through “cultural sensitivity” training. And once deployed, they “walk on eggshells” in fear of saying something that would offend the detainees. The female guards even “stay away from the detainees who don’t like to see females.”
But here are some things left unsaid in the article, but found at the official Gitmo website (http://www. jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/ xWEBSITE/index. html). Prayer times are posted and arrows are painted on the ground in each cell and in the communal areas so the detainees know the direction to Mecca. Once the call to prayer is sounded, detainees receive 20 minutes of uninterrupted time to practice their faith. The guard force ensures that detainees are not interrupted during those 20 minutes, even if detainees are not involved in religious activity. Signs are even posted to remind the guards to be quiet. Detainee medical appointments, interrogations and other activities are scheduled around the prayer schedule. Every detainee is issued a personal copy of the Koran. Strict measures are in place to ensure that the Koran is handled with respect by detention personnel.
Islamic holy periods, like Ramadan, are recognized by modifying meal schedules in observance of religious requirements. And because during Ramadan the detainees are fasting in the daytime, the non-Muslim guards are ordered not to eat, drink, or chew gum in front of them.
Under the heading EID-al-Fitr, the Gitmo website proudly notes that during the recent Eid prayer the detainees were allowed to pray together as a group, but the guards were not allowed inside the cell blocks during that time.
The doctrines of the Koran and the teachings of Muhammad proclaim the supremacy of Islam and the second-class status of non-Muslims. The atmosphere at Gitmo only serves to validate these doctrines and teachings. The detainees at Gitmo are jihadist who were captured while fighting in the Cause of Allah. Is it any wonder these detained jihadists believe they are “still in the fight”?