"It Don't Gitmo Better Than This!"
Four of the Uighur terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay have been released in Bermuda. All expenses paid by the U.S. taxpayer.
Life in paradise as Guantanamo Four take a dip, eat ice cream, and plan first Uighur restaurant in British territory of BermudaNew life: Three of the four former Guantanamo detainees, Ablakim Turahun, Salahidin Abdulahat, and Khelil Mamut (left to right) take a stroll in the historic district of St. George, on the island of Bermuda
The Daily Mail
15th June 2009
...[The four men] have traded drab prison jumpsuits for comfortable cotton pants and knit shirts, and razor wire-encircled jail compounds for beach cottages, where they are staying at U.S. taxpayers' expense.
The four Uighurs (pronounced WEE'-gurs) also have immediate priorities, such as learning to drive, scuba dive and bowl, said Glenn Brangman, a former military official who is helping reintroduce them to the world outside prison.
For now, the men are savouring the most basic of experiences, interpreter Rushan Abbas said. They walked through a forest, touched trees and plants and expressed their amazement at a woman riding a horse.
They look pretty healthy to me considering how they just got out of what some people falsely claim is a torture chamber.
Constrast their appearance with that of John McCain after he was released from a North Vietnamese prison camp where he WAS tortured:
President Nixon greets released POW (and future Republican Senator) Navy officer John McCain (on crutches) after years of imprisonment in North Vietnam, 1973.
Yep, those Uighurs are living it up pretty good by comparison:
Seaside leisure: Khelil Mamut, Ablakim Turahun, and Salahidin Abdulahat (left to right) enjoy butter pecan ice cream at a local Hamilton shopOf course our ally, Great Britain, isn't too thrilled that the Obama Administration dissed them AGAIN and went behind their back in arranging this resort relocation. Bermuda is still attached to the United Kingdom.
Mr Gapes, a Labour MP, said: 'The U.S. is clearly determined to act in what it perceives as its own national interest even riding roughshod over what it should have done, which is spoken to the British Government.
'The proper authority here is the British Government and the U.S. should have consulted with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before they did anything of this kind,' he told BBC Radio 4's The World at One.
'I wonder what promises have been given to the Bermudians, potentially about going a bit soft on the tax haven status or something else as a quid pro quo.'
The arrival of Barack Obama in the White House did not mean an end to America acting in its own interests, said Gapes.
'We need to be aware that, despite the change of U.S. administration, there are going to be problems sometimes with the U.S. when it acts in a way which doesn't take account of and doesn't consult with its allies.'
Oh well, Obama doesn't really care if the "Special Relationship" we have with our number one ally is damaged. He's got to fulfill his campaign promise to close Gitmo!