Rumsfeld: Guantanamo one of world’s ‘finest’ prisons

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 21:27 EDT
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WASHINGTON — The “war on terror” prison at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is “one of the finest prison systems in the world,” former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday.

Rumsfeld, who is promoting his autobiography titled “Known and Unknown,” praised US military personnel that worked at the site in the interview on FOX News Channel’s Hannity show.

Rumsfeld was defense secretary 2001-2006 under former president George W. Bush. He was replaced as defense secretary by Robert Gates.

“The heart-breaking thing with respect to Guantanamo is not that there’s anything wrong with it, it’s one of the finest prison systems in the world,” said Rumsfeld.

“What’s awkward is the fact that, for whatever reason, the administration was incapable of persuading people that that was a first-class operation, that they were not torturing people, that they were not hurting people,” he said.

Rumsfeld described it as “a fine operation,” and said US military personnel working there have “taken a lot of the heat unfairly” and “deserve a lot of credit” for their work.

Rumsfeld was also critical of President Barack Obama’s attempt to close the site.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama “was critical of indefinite detention for unlawful combatants. He was critical of military commissions,” he said.

“And here we are … two-plus years later, and all of those things are there. Not because anyone wants them to be there, but because they were the best solutions.”

The Guantanamo prison opened in January 2002 to hold prisoners captured in Afghanistan and swept up elsewhere in the US “war on terror.”

Upon taking office in January 2009, Obama promised to close the prison in one year, but has not found a place to move the inmates and the US Congress has banned the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to US soil.

There are currently 173 inmates at the Guantanamo prison, of which only three have been convicted after a trial.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZ4W5CDCIVXKIIKESYBN2EP6VE brian

    Then why don’t you marry it Rummy…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    It would be far more just if Rummy & Co. served a very long sentence there. Thousands of young Americans have died for no reason. And he was part of the fraud, called Iraq, which has been perpetrated on the American people.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/CRJKU5PF2BJTOEAU42LHLLPCMA Etienne

    Hey Donald, Feel free to go on down and hang out down there for a few decades…

  • ThatBostonMan

    How dare he. That is about the stupidest thing any official has ever said, beating even the gaffes of Bush!

  • Taleisin

    I am sure during his time, Rummy enjoyed going to bed watching a bit of CCTV of Gitmo.
    Stalin would have loved it too

  • Guest

    Yes, please hang, Mr. Rumsfeld. You know, like have a good time.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, Mr. Rumsfeld, I hear the accommodations for prisoners in The Hague awaiting trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity are far more luxuriant then Guantanamo. I hope you have occasion to visit there some day… and bring the rest of your war criminal buddies with you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OE3OERS3ULQTMZT2OVLFND7WLM ladyasg


  • H.P. Loathecraft

    A relaxing pied-â-terre for accused “terrorists” with one of Uncle Sam’s finest wine cellars and a fully outfitted fitness facility and spa featuring happy endings.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    The biggest issue here is that Rumsfeld is praising Obama for maintaining so many of Bush’s old policies. These inmates are nothing more than peasant farmers and were not involved with Al Qaeda at all.

  • hourglass1

    ah … the gob that keeps on gobbing …

  • Zenzizenzizenzic

    If he likes it so much, let him live there

  • Anonymous

    Then how did you escape it?

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    And in other news, my poop has one of the world’s ‘finest’ smells.

  • Anonymous

    It’s weird reading what a proven liar claims. Some of it may be the truth, but how is one to know? It’s like playing that old game, “Truth or Dare,” certainly not “Truth or Consequences”, because there never are any for these people. Even for murderers and torturers. The liars have won. What have we come to?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5EDD6MBYPGGUIC4G2V4JI4KYLQ Flashlight

    I’d like to see you get the Mussolini treatment. Run you up a flagpole by your heels and let your victims have their personal retribution upon you. Fascist swine. At least the Nazis of yore weren’t so goddamned deluded about the blood on their hands. They didn’t give a shit, but they did not pretend that they harmed no one. un-be-f*cking-believable.

  • Anonymous

    any chance we could check him IN there for a while?

  • Anonymous

    Appears that Rummy is becoming frightened…he has much to answer for…is Justice pounding on your door, Rummy?

  • Anonymous

    Rumsfeld is a complete f@#king IDIOT just like so many more of the Bush crime family. Even if the God damn place was the finest resort the fact that this country is holding people without charges and without benefit of legal representation is in itself a crime. Some I might add for 8+ years, we as citizen should outraged.

  • Dolmance

    This old prison… It kind of brings tears to your ears, don’t it?

  • Schmice

    Well then, I guess he will be able to recommend Guantanamo to GWB. Two thumb(screws) up!

  • Schmice

    Indefinitely so!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Imagine if I said to you that Auschwitz was a low security prison with decent accommodations would you think I was sane? Well this is what this guy just said in a way.

  • Anonymous

    Great. He, all of bu$hCo, and everyone who voted for them should spend the rest of their lives there.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Sorry, I hit the ‘like’ button by accident. I meant to select ‘incinerate’.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Be sure to use a travel agent with a law degree.

  • Anonymous

    Most people don’t know it, but mental torture through brain altering drugs to put the prisoners in incredible levels of anxiety, psychosis are being used to torture. Destroying the mind is the ultimate in a society’s degradation of life. That means that the US has gone lower than fascist Germany ever has. America is now more rotten than Nazi Germany regarding human life. These drugs should be shoved down the throat of the leadership of our fascist state for a couple of weeks. For those that survive it, perhaps they will have a change of heart.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZDBCUTOR7XW24NTIF7XEHLJ34Q Oz

    Hey, what’s not to like? Tropical breezes, isolation cells for those times when you just don’t feel like sharing, fantastic sound system capable of 1000 watts a channel, all the latest gangster rap playing 24/7, and we use Perrier for waterboarding. You gotta love that fizz when it hits your sinus cavities.

    Anyone doubt that Rummy would have felt right at home in any number of fascist dictatorships?

    Yet another guy who has no plans to see Switzerland.

  • Anonymous

    Your crude anti-semitism is really not helping to make the case that Rumsfeld is indeed a war criminal.

  • Anonymous

    Skelator should be in prison. There is no justice in America. Dear world, we hate these scum as much as you but as I said, there is no justice here unless you are poor or screw over someone powerful.

  • Anonymous

    OK Rumsfeld since it’s so nice, we’ll be sure to send you off somewhere real shitty when finally we get round to it. And no one will ever know where you are or whats happening to you. That is what we do with TERRORISTS in America. . . be afraid

  • Anonymous

    on second thoughts we could just have a legitimate trial, present the overwhelming evidence of your crimes, convict you and the punish accordingly! IT”S SO SIMPLE WHY THE F*CK DIDN’T SOMEONE THINK ABOUT IT 9 YEARS AGO!!!

  • Anonymous

    OOOOOOO shocking. If you’re gonna hate troll go big or go home!

  • Anonymous

    If you click on it again, the like will go away!

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Since Guantanamo is such a fine establishment, you should need little if any persuasion to make it your next abode. You can take your other cronies Bush and Cheney with you.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Guantanamo War Crime Central

    dead men tell no tales
    19 Dancing Oswalds
    =5 Dancing Israelis

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Obviously Obama agrees, its still open- yet another sold out campaign promise.

  • Anonymous

    Same old Obama MO. Promise something then do the opposite.

  • Anonymous

    The man is a sick demented WAR CRIMINAL.

  • enorceht

    and the youngest was 15 years old … and for me as citizen, i’ve been outraged for 8+ years about “that fine of all prisons”, along with a list of other atrocities

  • Anonymous

    Well if he thinks it’s so fine, let’s book him a room ??

  • enorceht

    “What’s awkward is the fact that, for whatever reason, the administration was incapable of persuading people that that was a first-class operation, that they were not torturing people, that they were not hurting people,” he said….”

    what kind of drugs is this moron taking to make that statement ?

  • Anonymous

    What an amoral, pig-eyed sack of shit. Welcome to the GOP, home of family values, Christian morals and torture.

  • Anonymous

    Fine and prison are oxymorons. Rumsfield who is more guilty of war crimes than Rudolf Hess who was sentenced to life at Nuremberg should be spending the rest of his misspent life in prison in the Hague.

  • Anonymous

    Rumsfield is immoral, period.

  • Anonymous

    No, Donald. The heartbreaking thing is that you are not in prison yourself. You are guilty of violating all four Nuremberg counts a thousand times over, responsible for tens of thousands of civilian deaths and invading a country that never attacked America.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    Gitmo is a great prison. How many prisons do you have where the inmates gain weight? How man prisons do you have inmates committing suicide because they’re going to be sent home?

    For all the complaining from naive Progs, terrorist scum would rather sit in Gitmo than in a prison in their own shithole countries.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t you just STFU?

  • samhoustonTX

    One of the world’s finest prisons — really? The secret Red Cross report (2007) that was leaked cited torture. http://agonist.org/20090316/report_red_cross_detailed_torture_at_guantanamo_in_2007

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to watch it, thanks for the tip.

  • Anonymous

    Guantanamo was selected as a suitable site for the “enemy combatants” so that the laws of our land would not apply to the terrorists who were perpetrating this “War on Terror” .
    In other words, the terrorists defined the perimeters of their war (unending and border-less) and unilaterally wrote the laws that were applied to their world population who were subjugated to this Orwellian and barbaric treatment.
    Guantanamo was Hailburtons prototype of the FEMA camps that are dotting our landscape so that our newly privatized government can begin to operate more efficiently by eliminating parasitic social programs and those who use them.

    Heil DOD!

  • Anonymous

    Why is this old tory-rat coming out of his rat hole and opening up his pie hole? Must be some cables coming down the pike.

  • Anonymous

    That is the finest analogy.

  • enorceht

    he’s out on tour to sell his book, maybe someone could convince him that he should go to germany because there’s a big demand for his book there

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    We want nothing but the finest for donald.

  • Anonymous

    With better health care than millions of Americans can get. That is because its hard to repair torture.

    This guy even looks like an old Nazi.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    Someone has to point out facts.

    Gitmo was so bad that the Progs’ Messiah said he was going to shut it down, then he couldn’t find a better alternative.

    Go figure.

  • Sandi

    Gitmo may be a great prison. However, anytime you put innocent people in a holding cell for years without charges and without access to lawyers it’s torture. And that’s not even considering the more controversial punishments of solitary confinement, stress positions, and drug treatments.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    Okay I will point out facts.
    Fact 1. You are stupid.
    Fact 2. Your CONservative heroes are the leftovers of prescott bush’s Nazi past.
    Fact 3. Your boy bushjunior brought fascism to America.

    But then again you can’t handle the facts.

  • Anonymous

    Good, let put him in it.

  • Roberthe

    We should stop calling Guantanamo a prison and admit what it really is: a dungeon.

  • VJBinCT

    If it’s so nice there, perhaps Rummy should retire to Club Gitmo. I’m sure he could snag a unit right on the golf course.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    If I want incoherent rants, I’ll make a time machine and head back to 3rd grade.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WDCRZLG2KHQVYSWCN4POSUAKWU Michelle Beach

    He’s a Liver Spotted Lizard.

  • Anonymous

    If it’s such a fine prison, why don’t you stay there for a while? We’d love to torture you there!

  • Anonymous

    This fool should be sent to Gitmo and put in a cell with EACH and every inmate, … one cell and one inmate a night, for the rest of his life.

    Lets play musical rummy!

  • Anonymous

    typical republiTURD!

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Dear Rummie,
    I will pay for your airfare if you will go and live in this wonderful prison. I hear the weather is fine. Don’t know about the food or showers. But if you want, they could do some simulated surf boarding in a special room. You know, with water and all. Oh, and I’ll personally make certain that all your military corporate stock investments are being maintained by your buddies in the DOD

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    The Penthouse Suite is padded and awaits your arrival! Entertainment provided by Blackwater for your stay,Rummy!

  • Anonymous

    Give him an orange jumpsuit, his own private cell and an hour of waterboarding for exercise a day..
    Ask him if he still thinks so in 10 years time.

  • Anonymous

    A video review from Russia Today…
    Rumsfeld Takes No Responsibility in “Known and Unknown”
    “Known and Unknown” – the new book by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is being called tedious and self-serving, and an attempt to blame others for his failures. http://www.newslook.com/videos/289292-rumsfeld-takes-no-responsibility-in-known-and-unknown?autoplay=true

  • maritimer

    Why is this monkey still walking around and not in an orange jumpsuit??

  • dkmeller

    Normally, my feelings of common humanity would prevent me from saying this, but if Guantanamo is such a “fine prison’ why not indict Donald Rumsfeld–and sundry other brutes, sadists, and political thugs–for violations of both statute and Constitutional law allegedly committed by them, in their official capacities during their odious “war-on-terror”–and upon finding them guilty in a TRIAL BY JURY (no military tribunals here, I support AMERICAN LAW