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December 30, 2010

Gitmo Detainees And Their Families In Yemen Chat Via Video

Gitmo detainees and their families in Yemen chat via video

The Seattle Times

With the prison camps at Guantánamo approaching their 10th year, the majority Yemeni captive population has just received a new perk: Video conferencing back to family via a new link set up by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The Geneva-based group announced the service’s inauguration on Tuesday, saying four Yemeni captives had been allowed to use the teleconferencing this month in calls beamed between the Navy base in southeast Cuba and the nation on the Arabian Peninsula.

Prisoners and family can speak by video for up to an hour, according to a Red Cross statement. It said some detainees and their families can now see and speak to each other “for the first time in almost a decade.”

The military at Guantánamo would not say whether all Yemeni captives can get video calls — or whether they are rewards in the Pentagon prison camps' compliance matrix.

"I can confirm some of our detainees are Yemenis," said Air Force Lt. Col. Donald Langley, a prison spokesman, refusing to speak to the specifics of the Red Cross announcement.

Some Yemeni captives have already passed their 10th year in U.S. custody, having been scooped up in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and turned over to invading U.S. forces.


Wild Thing's comment......

I am so fed up with us looking weaker and weaker. Our troops are risking their lives every second of every day, and then our government allows this kind of thing to go on.

I am so disappointed in the freaking Red Cross. As time goes by the more we learn about them the bigger disappointment they are. They sure have changed. Now they are some kind of civil rights etc. kind of organization or somerthing. sheesh

God bless the Salvation Army, they are always the very first at a disaster and they are for real. They were first to arrive at 9-11.

Posted by Wild Thing at December 30, 2010 03:48 AM


I'm through with the Red Cross. The International Red Cross is considering changing their cross symbol so they don't offend muslims. The local Red Cross really does a good job, but I can't be sure of where my money goes. So I may take up the Salvation Army or just give more to some of the non profits I usually give to.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at December 30, 2010 10:01 AM

Tom, that is what we do too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 31, 2010 12:01 AM