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Tuesday
Jul302013

Detainees at Secretive Guantanamo Camp Read 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- High-value detainees at Guantanamo Bay's secretive Camp Seven enjoy the Fifty Shades of Grey series of novels, according to a congressman who recently toured the base.

The Huffington Post quoted Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) who recently received a tour of the secret camp from military officials as part of a congressional delegation. Moran said, "Rather than the Quran, the book that is requested most by the [high-value detainees] is Fifty Shades of Grey."

Moran was joined on the tour by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Reps. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and former Pentagon Chief of Detainee Policy William Lietzau.

The tour was led by the commander of the base, the deputy commander, the head medical official and the officer in charge of Camp Seven.

According to the Huffington Post, Moran said that the conditions in Camp Seven are comparable to maximum security federal prisons. However, military officials do not publicly acknowledge the existence of Camp Seven.

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Tuesday
Dec072010

Director of National Intelligence: Gitmo Detainees Transferred Under Obama Administration Have Re-engaged in Terrorism

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A declassified summary of a report about detainees formerly held at Guantanamo Bay, written by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, reported that of the 66 former Guantanamo detainees transferred since President Obama took office, “two are confirmed and three are suspected of re-engaging in terrorist or insurgent activities.”

The Bush administration freed many more so-called recidivists, the report stated, having transferred 79 confirmed and 66 suspected of subsequently “re-engaging in terrorist or insurgent activities after transfer.”

As of October 1, 2010, the report stated, 598 detainees have been transferred by the Pentagon from Gitmo into the custody of other countries. “The Intelligence Community assesses that 81 (13.5 percent) are confirmed and 69 (11.5 percent) are suspected of re-engaging in terrorist or insurgent activities after transfer. Of the 150 former GTMO detainees assessed as confirmed or suspected of re-engaging in terrorist or insurgent activities, the Intelligence Community assesses that 13 are dead, 54 are in custody, and 83 remain at large.”

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes issued a statement in response to the report, saying that the "President and our military commanders agree that closing the prison at Guantanamo is a national security imperative in the war against al Qaeda. The President has also made it clear that he will move toward that goal in a way that best protects the American people. We take any incidence of recidivism very seriously.  We will deal with recidivists the way we deal with any individual who threatens our national security: by working to bring them to justice.”

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