Business Insider’s Robert Johnson responds to the hunger strike at Guantanamo with the same claims that I hear about the prison where I teach. First, the title (all emphasis added): ”THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GITMO STRIKE: Detainees Are Treated Absurdly Well.”
So, let’s see what Robert Johnson considers absurd. Here’s number one:
Yep, it’s food. Then there’s one that hits close to home:
Compliant detainees enjoy a selection of six balanced meals, 25 cable TV channels, classes, and an array of electronic gadgetry and entertainment. I’m talking about a Nintendo DS for every compliant detainee, plus Playstation 3 access with a library full of video games.
What he’s “talking about” is the usual set of sexy electronics that seem to be a particular fetish for those who enjoy browbeating prisoners, welfare queens, and other moral misfits. Actually, I’m amazed he didn’t drag flat screen TV’s into it, as well.
Resort treatment brings its own means of control for guards, who can threaten to take away handheld game consoles and other privileges from non-compliant detainees.
Ah, yes, the “resort” thing; I’ve heard it a million times before. The only argument missing is the cost. Oh, wait a minute:
Guantanamo is insanely expensive compared to every prison in the world…
Speaking of money, a 20-pack box of Hornady .44/.50-Caliber XTP Sabot Bullets costs $12.99 at Gander Mountain. If one is a fairly good shot—and I’m guessing that most of those who complain about “resort treatment” inside prisons do have that particular skill set—that works out to .65 per prisoner. Permanently. How’s that for savings?
There you have it: a list of just about every story I hear about the Club Med life inside a maximum security prison. (I forgot to mention the “large library,” whatever that means.) At least Johnson has a bit more to go on than the usual complainers: he really visited the place. Actually, it seems to have been more of a guided tour in the company of military handlers, but at least he got to see a soccer ball wrapped in accordion wire, which lets us know how much fun indefinite detainment without trial can be.