Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Guantanamo Bay before the War

This image was originally posted at U.S.S. Allen M. Sumner DD-692

Here is a great, short BBC video on the little known recent history of the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities. Evidently, they were not initially opened in 2002 as part of Bush's War on Terror. Rather, they were christened by Bush the elder in 1992. The US imprisoned boatloads of HIV- positive Haitians seeking asylum from the military junta that deposed Aristide in 1991.

Then our hero Bill Clinton was elected and reneged on a campaign promise to release the Guantanamo Haitians. Migration News reported that things didn't get better anytime soon,
The INS on May 19 announced that the last 203 Haitian children in Guantanamo will be removed by June 30, 1995; it is widely assumed that most will be admitted to the US.

The Cuban agreement did not mention Haitians, and on May 3, the US returned 27 Haitians to Haiti. There were on May 1, 1995 about 350 Haitian children under 17 among the almost 500 remaining Haitians in two camps in Guantanamo, and they attend schools while awaiting a decision about their fate.
In related recent news, a publicity poster for the docu-drama The Road to Guantanamo was banned by the MPAA,
"The reason given was that the burlap bag over the guy's head was depicting torture, which wasn't appropriate for children to see,"

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