Last week, the Pentagon “shut
down access entirely” to the Guantanamo Bay prison after the suicide
deaths of three detainees. Journalists covering the suicides had their clearances
revoked and were immediately flown back to the United States, and regular
visits between detainees and their lawyers were
cancelled. Human rights groups protested:
This press crackdown is the administration’s latest betrayal of fundamental
American values. The Bush Administration is afraid of American reporters,
afraid of American attorneys and afraid of American laws.
Afraid of American journalists, that is, as long as they’re not
from Fox. This morning, Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano described
how the Defense Department had personally invited him on a trip to Guantanamo
NAPOLITANO: I was doing my radio show with Brian
Kilmeade the other day and I get an email from the Defense Department saying,
“We have an extra seat on a flight down to Guantanamo, would you like
to come?” So, of course, I cleared it all — I cleared
it here with our superiors. …
HOST: What’d you see?
NAPOLITANO: Well, we saw everything. … We saw all six camps.
… We had FBI interviews, I actually sat down and examined the evidence
they’re going to use at trial with prosecutors. It was very detailed.
HOST: That was some kind of access.
NAPOLITANO: It was. It was great.
Napolitano offered his fair and balanced review of conditions at the
prison: among other glowing reviews, he claimed it is “now gentle, almost
child-like the way they treat the detainees.”
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