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From Waterboarding to Waterslides?

1:59 PM, May 31, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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How soft are we getting on detainees? This soft: All 17 Uighurs are now allowed to order fast-food, and they're getting laptops so they can practice sending email. They can't email outsiders but this type of training is, no doubt, vital for their post Gitmo lives.

Of course, the last type of training they received was terrorist training -- from Abdul Haq, a member of al Qaeda's elite Shura Council.

The article also mentions the "stigma" of having been at Gitmo, as if the stigma of being a trained al Qaeda terrorist isn't going to trouble potential employers. The U.S. commander at the detention center says Obama's change is coming "a little slow" but when it comes it will be "dramatic." Another six months and Republicans may be fighting to keep open an all-inclusive resort operated at taxpayer expense.