July 5th, 2013
11:21 AM ET

Stories from Gitmo

Trapped in legal limbo, detainees at Guantanamo Bay find a way to communicate with the outside world. And, as CNN's Chris Lawrence reports, the writings provide a fascinating window into their grasp of American culture (complete with references to Charlie Sheen and match.com!).

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  1. Barbara

    There are 166 people left at Guantanamo. Over 80 have been cleared for release, but have not been. Torture leads to no useful information. We should be ashamed of ourselves.

    July 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • USMC1369

      Well said, Barbara. Thank you.

      July 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Out of those 80 how many have been told by their home country they are not welcome to return?

      July 9, 2013 at 6:09 am | Reply
    • may

      Sorry Barbara, but that is pure BS. There are more people working to provide protection for you and your family than you even can comprehend. The shame is on you and individuals that have the same opinion as you. Narrow minds.

      July 9, 2013 at 10:22 am | Reply
  2. USNAVYDAD

    As far as civil rights are concerned the minute they joined a terrorist organization that has vowed to do one thing and one thing only ....namely taking the lives of innocent people... they lost any rights afforded them!!!!!

    July 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Are you trying to say that the right-wing thugs in Washington don't, USNAVYDAD? What about those ungodly drones killing people on a daily basis halfway around the world? Do you remember the bombing of the Amriya air raid shelter in Baghdad, Iraq on Feb. 13, 1991, slaughtering over 414 civilians who were only trying to survive the first Gulf War by two American pilots? I do!!! As the Bible says, "judge not, lest ye be judged".

      July 8, 2013 at 8:37 am | Reply
      • USNAVYDAD

        So in your head we should simply let them go and then what wait for more people to die at their hands because its the moral thing to do im not saying Washington has no blood on its hands but common THEYRE TERRORISTS !!!!! not to mention how many innocent people died in world war two because of bombing raids whether its right or wrong it is called war for a reason!

        July 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • CANTFOOLME

      How do you know they are terrorists? I am not sure they are. Were they given a trial? What is the evidence? Why is it some have been completely cleared and yet are still holed up in jail? Is this what being American means for you? Detaining people without trial?

      July 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Reply
      • BILL, WI

        They are prisoners of war. They can not be given a trial, except a military commision can determine that they, were or were not combatants. Then the US has to find a country that will take them, like was done with the Uighers.

        July 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
  3. USNAVYDAD

    Seriously have we forgotten what happened on 9/11 for the select few that don't understand what GITMO is for its to insure that what happened that day will NEVER happen again to innocent American's here or abroad ever again by WHATEVER means necessary so that the past wont repeat itself so again to the select few who want their 10 seconds of fame I say this ...ENGAGE YOUR BRAIN BEFOR YOUR MOUTH !!!

    July 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • CANTFOOLME

      So what you are saying is that the Terrorists of 9/11 accomplished their goal. They changed America into a fear based society willing to give up all their rights in the name of security. If you want a totalitarian, fear mongering country, you've got it. The Terrorists won and you are the proof.

      July 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
      • USNAVYDAD

        You call it fear I call it vigilance

        July 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
      • USMC1371

        The best way to keep peace is to be prepared for war.

        July 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
  4. EbonyDelite

    Gitmo is a disgrace! The concept of holding someone indefinitely without due process totally goes against the vision of the founding fathers who, themselves, were fighting against the British for maintaining a similar form of tyranny. The most dangerous terrorists can be found in our nation's capitol! Al Queda was a creation of Bush Sr while Director of the CIA and has been an asset ever since. The NWO and the Powers-That-Be are the greatest threat to confront us!

    July 7, 2013 at 12:02 am | Reply
    • BILL, WI

      As far as due process is concerned, they are not trial for violation of some criminal code. They are in Gitmo as Prisoners of War. And they can be held at Gitmo until the war in Afghanistan continues. Since 2006 they have been held in accordance with the Geneva Convention III.

      July 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  5. Joe Sens

    I am not the least bit concerned about the terrorists being contained at Gitmo. These people are a serious threat to world peace. Torture one and get the info you need and you could save hundreds if not thousands of innocent people. In this case I believe the end does justify the means. You can not play by the rules with people that have no rules. They only understand one thing brute force and brute force is what they are getting.

    July 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Tell me Joe, just what makes you think that the right-wing thugs in Washington are any better? Just look at the use of those ungodly drones which butcher people day after day In Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, not to mention those deadly Apache helicopters. At least, the guys you condemn do fight for God whereas the thugs in Washington are motivated for pure profit!!!

      July 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  6. Greg M

    I think Gitmo, has got to be one of the lowest points in America's history, people detained with out due process, being force fed and what ever else that "doesnt' happen there is allowed to happen. Its definitely not something to be proud of.

    July 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • funguseater

      What about the Andersonville POW Camp, GITMO is nothing new in this world. Too bad we never learn from the past.

      July 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Well Gitmo has plus and minuses; muslims, no matter how insignificant are they in their towns, but once they are in Gitmo, they are national heroes or celebrities over nights. Muslims in many countries are lining up to get into Gitmo, like people here for some ivy league schools.

      July 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  7. denverboy1

    Stories from GITMO..
    Dispair and a total lack of Regards for Human Rights..a Break down of American Law and a good look at what our Military is like divorced from Civilan oversight..pretty bleak..Kinda like Iran...or CHina..Except I think in China they have more RIghts in Priosen than the Subjects at GITMO...and they are subjects you know it's a quasi-military test of what laws they can break and how long it takes Each Prisoner to commit Suiside.......aaahhhhhhhh AMERICA how low you sink....

    July 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • Jomama

      Pretty low. Remember Matt a home boy from where Im at. Your not going to convince me otherwise. Theres 2 more also just down the road spare me your crap. If you haven't been in a war go away you haven't a clue. My Buddy Max would tell you a thing or to but he cant also.

      July 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Reply
      • Jomama

        Pretty flowery words from all of you. the only person that has a clue is George patton 2.

        July 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
      • Lincoln Burns in Hell

        Your buddy Max died for nothing. Deal with it.

        July 6, 2013 at 12:10 am |
      • Jomama

        We hold BBQ`s and get togethers.

        July 6, 2013 at 8:06 am |
  8. BILL, WI

    The detainees will all get to go home in mid-2014 when the war in Afghanistan comes to an end.

    July 5, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Let's all hope you're right, BILL. The torture that these men had to endure while they were detained is a true national disgrace and a breach of international law!!!

      July 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Reply
      • chrissy

        Thank you, George. You hit the nail on the head! The creeps who run Gitmo need to be taken to the I.C.C. and be prosecuted to the fullest extent of international law!

        July 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
      • Jomama

        go to hades piece of crap

        July 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
      • USMC1371

        When the first detainees left there and turned up fighting Americans in under two weeks took all points out of your argument. Those animals are there for a reason. Do they need to explain that to you??? NO. Face it Gitmo worked just like the drones do and we all know you love them.

        July 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
      • USMC1371

        And when you reply to your own comments under a different name it lets everyone know you have no valid point.

        July 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
      • Jomama

        You are correct USMC1371 I wish I can expand more but I cant

        July 6, 2013 at 11:55 am |
      • BILL, WI

        I know I am right. Do you remember the arguments Biden, Clinton and Obama made to have Common Article 3 applied to the Taliban and Al Quada fighters. Well they won making the provisions of the Geneva Convention 3 applicable. So now Art 85 thru Art 115 applicable also.

        July 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm |
      • dan

        what the heck are you thinking they are terrorists turn them into dog food like they did to us in 9/11

        July 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • George Patton-2

      ya right, when they leave GITMO, they will go back to the school and learn how to make bombs out of UN donated food packs, so I say just keep them inside and give them three meal, prayer carpet, and a copy of Koran, which is cheaper and safer.

      July 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Reply
      • Lincoln Burns in Hell

        Please tell me you haven't bred.

        July 6, 2013 at 12:11 am |
      • USMC1371

        Lincoln you get coverage from that mud hut?

        July 6, 2013 at 12:48 am |

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