Let's not have this get into a political discussion (as I don't care for politics anyhow)...
Overview of the episode at http://channel.nationalgeographic.co.../4085/Overview
. I haven't had a chance to look at the content on the site. It was done quite recently as it featured Obama signing the order to close Gitmo by end of year.
I got around to watching this episode that got recorded on 4/12/09. It gave me a lot insight into what goes on there beyond the usual news coverage and the problems if they just let people go. Where do they go to? What will they do afterward? Will they join (or in some cases, rejoin) the Taliban, Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups after release?
Not surprisingly, many of the soldiers featured are in their late teens, early 20s, right out of high school.
I didn't know that the base had a McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, 7 churches, Subway, used car dealer, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and a chapter of the Bar Association.
They weren't allowed to interview anyone incarcerated there but they interviewed a couple former detainees. It was interesting to hear how much (loud) talking was going on between the cells in Arabic that none of the guards understood. (The documentary had translated subtitles.) They showed some of the lower security areas but couldn't show this one high security zone.
They also spoke to some lawyers who were assisting detainees trying to invoke habeas corpus.
The prisoners apparently had a really good rapport with the Arabic speaking civilian librarian who himself is a devout Muslim. They had all sorts of books in addition to the Koran translated into many languages. It was interesting to see the level of respect w/which he treated copies of the Koran. He also was responsible for blacking out certain content in newspapers distributed to the prisoners.
There was an unrelated incident where some prisoner smeared feces on his own face "as war paint" and the guards had to deal with this.
At the end, they said that out of the >200 prisoners that still remain, 60 are cleared to go, but no country will accept them.
It doesn't look like it'll be rerun in the next two weeks, but for those that receive NGC and are interested, set an ARWL. The DVD
isn't for sale yet.