The PJ Tatler

Gitmo detainees may get family visits now

Three things about this story come to mind: The Obama administration really is hot to appease; but on the other hand this could be used to check on terrorists’ families; and it is a sly way of admitting that Gitmo isn’t going away anytime soon.

The Pentagon is considering allowing the families of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to visit them, an unprecedented step to ease the isolation of inmates who in some cases have been held at the U.S. facility for close to a decade, according to congressional aides.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which monitors conditions at the military prison in Cuba and facilitates videoconferences between detainees and their families, has been in serious discussions with the Pentagon about a visitation program, the aides said.

Gitmo is not easy to get to, but DoD is prohibited from funding any of this travel, so the Red Cross may step in. Red Cross donors, is this how you want your money spent? Ferrying the families of captured war criminals around?