Rear Admiral John W. Smith Jr. is the new base commander of America’s notorious Guantanamo Bay military prison complex.
A site President Obama promised to close down but didn’t.
Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a controversial detainment and interrogation facility of the United States military located within Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.
The facility was established in 2002 by the Bush Administration to hold detainees from the war in Afghanistan and later Iraq.
It is operated by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) of the United States government in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which is on the shore of Guantánamo Bay. The detainment areas consist of three camps: Camp Delta (which includes Camp Echo), Camp Iguana, and Camp X-Ray, the last of which has been closed.
The facility is often referred to as Guantánamo, G-Bay or GTMO, after the military abbreviation for the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
Smith relieves Rear Adm. David Woods.
Smith is a 30-year Navy veteran, who will probably end out his career serving at the base.
BUSINESS AS USUAL
In a speech he promised the 1600 guards and other Pentagon staff responsible for the 169 prisoners a “tough mission, with long hours.”
He droned on about their job being “essential to the long-term safety of our nation.” Ya right!
Nothing was, of course, mentioned in the change over ceremony about torture and abuse. Allegations of which hang over the base like a dark cloud that will not go away.
LAUNDRY LIST OF COMPLAINTS AND TORTURE ALLEGATIONS
In 2004 Red Cross inspectors accused the U.S. military of using “humiliating acts, solitary confinement, stress positions, temperature extremes” against prisoners.
In addition prisoners have complained of enduring beatings, sleep deprivation, prolonged constraint in uncomfortable positions, prolonged hooding, sexual and cultural humiliation, forced injections, and other physical and psychological mistreatment including being subjected to torture by Sesame Street (see article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/30/torture-guantanamo-bay_n_1557294.html ).
Other acts of torture were also made by former detainees, which shocked the world.
Juma Al Dossary claims he was interrogated hundreds of times, beaten, tortured with broken glass, barbed wire, burning cigarettes, and sexual assaults.
David Hicks also made allegations of torture and mistreatment in Guantánamo Bay, including stress positions, extreme temperatures, sleep deprivation and bizarre “medical experimentation” (see article: Pentagon may have preformed medical experiments on Guantanamo detainees http://ovalpike.com/article/pentagon-may-have-preformed-medical-experiments-on-guantanamo-detainees ).
Among other allegations of torture and abuse include the use of prostitutes and sex against detainees (see article: Sex used to break Muslim prisoners, book says http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6876549/).
Smith reportedly smiled like a cheshire cat at saluted the troops during the ceremony.
His appointing is yet another indicator the Obama Administration and Pentagon intents to keep the notorious prison open for business.