Last week, former US President Clinton joined the swelling chorus within the US demanding the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Either that or clean the place up, he said. The constant abuse stories coming out of it has to stop.
Hardly are the words out of his mouth then, fast on the heels of the Qurâ€™an desecration stories, come new shocking allegations about Guantanamo.
The New York Times claims that doctors and other mental health professionals there have been working not for well being of detainees, but to help interrogators refine their techniques. They have been advising interrogators how best to turn up the psychological pressure on individual prisoners, working on their fears and phobias.
This is a very strongly worded Arab News editorial. Presumably reflecting Saudi opinion, it makes it clear that they believe the US prison facility at Guantanamo is beyond the pale.
The piece concludes, “Sooner rather than later, American public opinion will demand an end to this aberration.” I suspect it will be later, rather than sooner as only 20% of polled Americans believes the prison to be a matter of concern.