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More Amenities at Club Gitmo

11:24 AM, Jun 1, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Reuters reports:

The U.S. military is rigging up satellite television service and distributing Sudoku puzzles in Guantanamo prison cells even as the Obama administration works towards a goal of emptying them of detainees.

The amusements are aimed at providing mental stimulation for the 240 remaining captives, whom human rights monitors and defense lawyers have said were being driven mad by years of isolation at the U.S. prison for suspected terrorists.

If these detainees are moved to a federal supermax prison, where they would spend at least 23 hours a day in solitary confinement, won't these same human rights monitors and defense lawyers again complain that they are being driven mad by years of isolation? Most of the detainees are allowed to eat together, pray together, play sports, and study -- including classes in Pashto, which should come in handy when they return to the battlefield in Afghanistan. And the treatment seems to be paying dividends:

Hayhurst said that for first time in 20 months, the camp recently went four whole days without any assaults on guards. But the respite was followed by four assaults in a single day involving urine-feces cocktails, the weapon of choice among Guantanamo's inmates.

Four whole days in which the innocent victims of the Bush administration's misguided and criminal detention policies refrained from attacking U.S. military personnel with feces-based IEDs. Maybe chemistry sets would make their stay more pleasant.