More Misguided Advice on Guantanamo

Alex Adrianson /

Yesterday, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed his opinion that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay should be closed. He said the perception of how prisoners are treated at the facility has been damaging to America’s reputation.

The Heritage Foundation has written extensively about the controversy over Gitmo—specifically how misguided the debate over Gitmo has been. James Carafano sums up the case against closing the Gitmo detention facilities:

Despite the frequent claims of prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay, there is little evidence to back up those claims. The Pentagon spends $2.5 million each year on Korans, prayer rugs, and special meals for Muslim prisoners. Moreover, there are on average two lawyers for every detainee at Guantanamo, and detainees have challenged their status before the U.S. Supreme Court. By any measure, the U.S. government has extended our deadly enemies unprecedented legal rights. (more…)