The United States of America was founded on the principle that a human is innocent until proofed guilty of a crime. Since the presidency of George Bush and continuing into the presidency of Barack Obama, dozens of humans are confined in the Guantanamo prison without every having been proven guilty of anything other than being captured. Associated Press photographers were able to take pictures of Five Echo which is a portion of the prison in which difficult prisoners are kept. The photos reveal small cells, a squat toilet in the floor, bright lights, foul air and many stay in this hell hole for 22 hours a day.
Army Colonel Donnie Thomas insists, “it is a safe, humane environment and meets all regulations.” If it does, then something is wrong with the regulations. The central issue is that humans are confined in these conditions who have not even been found guilty of anything other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We are Americans, we believe in justice, not prisons of hell and torture.