GUANTANAMO BAY GETS A WHAT?




 
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March 30th, 2005  
chewie_nz
 

Topic: GUANTANAMO BAY GETS A WHAT?


GUANTANAMO BAY GETS A WHAT?
posted on: 3/29/2005 9:48:29 PM
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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba The arrival of hundreds of terror suspects at this remote U.S. naval outpost has produced a population boom and a flood of amenities a miniature golf course, Starbucks coffee, concerts and a planned go-cart track.

The non-detainee population at the Caribbean base has surged from 2,600 to about 9,500 since the military brought in the first prisoners from the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan three years ago.



Commanders at a post that was little more than a refueling stop for warships began renovating abandoned structures and building new ones in a rush to provide working and living quarters for the 2,200 personnel of the detention operation as well as their family members, contract workers, interrogators and other support officials.

Uncertainty shrouds the future of the prison after court rulings undermined the government's argument that 545 detainees from 40 countries are beyond the reach of the U.S. legal system and are not entitled to the same protections as prisoners of war held under the Geneva Conventions.

Still, construction continues under the assumption that most detainees are not leaving soon.

"As long as there is a global war on terror, the detention mission is here for the long run," said the base's commander, Navy Capt Les McCoy, who does not oversee the prison but must take its future into account. "The Navy realized it hadn't paid attention to Guantanamo. Now they are looking at us."

Two permanent prison camps that can hold 320 inmates are meant to replace four temporary jails, suggesting the military hopes gradually to release or transfer many prisoners through parole hearings or negotiations with their home governments. One prison was completed last year and work has started on a $35 million facility.

With nearly every building on the base in use, finding adequate housing for troops and other support staff has been a headache.

Many officers live in housing that had been boarded up, overrun with rodents known as "banana rats" and on the brink of demolition.

Enlisted personnel are crowded into windowless trailers in a district dubbed "Camp America." It is closer to the prison camp than to the base's social center, which has the only McDonald's in Cuba.

The military hopes eventually to move troops to more permanent housing "downtown," said Cmdr Anne Marie Reese, an engineer overseeing construction for the detention mission.

"Everyone wants to feel like they are going home after work," Reese said. "Whether we can achieve that 100 percent remains to be seen."

Guantanamo is one of the most isolated U.S. naval stations in the world. The parched land and blistering heat reinforces a sleepy atmosphere.

The population surge has meant more parties, sold-out country and rock concerts and the latest excitement Starbucks coffee sold at four kiosks, which have been selling about 1,400 cups a day since opening earlier this month.

"Oddly enough it did lift my morale," said Petty Officer Barry Tate, who stopped for his first cup of the day at a Starbucks kiosk near the movie theater. "I didn't expect to see it and here it was. It reminds me of home."

The new miniature golf course has not been much of a hit, probably because it is covered in brown grass and has no obstacles. But not for long, promised Craig Basel, who is in charge of recreation at the base. By summer, obstacles will include replicas of guard towers and banana rats, he said.

About the only structure on the base facing demolition is Camp X-ray, the now vine-overgrown outdoor jail where detainees were kept in chain-link cages during the operation's first four months.

"X-ray is history," said Reese. "No one has any plans to use it for anything." (Wire reports)
March 30th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
Geez, a Starbucks...
March 30th, 2005  
chewie_nz
 
love the desription of the mini golf....
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March 30th, 2005  
Italian Guy
 
 
Wow.
March 30th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charge_7
Geez, a Starbucks...

Come on Charge. With all the Feebee's and Spook types going down to Gitmo from their respective HQ's inside the Beltway you dont expect them to drink Chow Hall Joe do you?
March 30th, 2005  
behemoth79
 
 
perhaps this is a precurser to a mcdonalds and disneyland.
March 30th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
They're lucky it isn't "field coffee", 03.

For those not in the know, "field coffee" is a big cauldron of boiling water that the cooks throw cans of ground coffee into. They then ladle some cold water on top to make some of the grounds float towards the bottom so you get less grounds in your cup in theory. You can tell the coffee drinkers in the field by the grits of coffee grounds stuck in their teeth.



Oh yeah, they have a MacDonald's already, behemoth79, according to the article:

Quote:
Enlisted personnel are crowded into windowless trailers in a district dubbed "Camp America." It is closer to the prison camp than to the base's social center, which has the only McDonald's in Cuba.
Of course, if it really rated it would have an Arby's.

:P
March 31st, 2005  
cPFC/SAJROTC
 
Sounds like a good plan though to rebuild Guantanamo. As for Starbucks, at least it isnt as bad as here in Alaska, they fly in Krispy Kreme donuts here 3 times a week to sell for 15 bucks a dozen.
I think a Six-Flags, Abercrobie & Fitch and a WalMart would make the base complete. (however, I could do without the 2nd)
March 31st, 2005  
behemoth79
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charge_7

Oh yeah, they have a MacDonald's already, behemoth79, according to the article:

Quote:
Enlisted personnel are crowded into windowless trailers in a district dubbed "Camp America." It is closer to the prison camp than to the base's social center, which has the only McDonald's in Cuba.
Of course, if it really rated it would have an Arby's.

:P
guilty... didnt read the whole article.
March 31st, 2005  
Monster
 
 
Of coarse, there is always the "Jerk Shack", Iguanas, ferrel chickens and Banana Rats. The original golf corse was great, sign in, get your 2' x 2' piece of astro-turf (Not just for driving, also so you didn't completely ruin the club) and drive your car, truck, M151 or hummer between the holes.