Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

Inouye About X-Ray: "I'd Rather be There Than Kabul"

Inouye About X-Ray: "I'd Rather be There Than Kabul"

By Gerry J. Gilmore, American Forces Press Service.

Washington D.C. -- (AFPS) February 1, 2002 –- The 158 Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees under U.S. military control at Camp X-Ray are receiving considerate treatment by U.S. troops, Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye said here today.

Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, a World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, speaks with reporters at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Press Center in downtown Washington, D.C. During his Feb. 1, 2002, news conference, Inouye described his Jan. 27 inspection of the Camp X-Ray detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore

Inouye met with reporters downtown at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Press Center to discuss his Jan. 27 inspection trip to the camp, at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"It is in the nature, I believe, of the American people, to be a bit humane on matters of this nature. Watching our men and women treat these detainees was rather impressive, that they would go out of their way to be considerate," Inouye said.

"I don't think that Americans have received this type of treatment during World War II or any other war," the World War II Army veteran and Medal of Honor recipient added.

Inouye, chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, told reporters that he and fellow senators Ted Stevens of Alaska, Dianne Feinstein of California and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, had been invited by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to inspect Camp X-Ray. The group, he said, spent about two-and-a-half hours at the facility.

The detainees, Inouye noted, are well-fed, being provided correct dietary meals, and they have access to shower and toilet facilities. He added that Islamic detainees have the opportunity to pray six times a day and are ministered to by two of the U.S. military's 12 Muslim chaplains.

"We're not the vengeful type as far as I'm concerned. The fact that we have 12 imams should indicate that we believe in what we declare -- freedom of religion, freedom of choice. These 12 chaplains were selected long before Sept. 11; it was not a reaction to that," Inouye said.

"So, as an American, it makes me rather pleased that we have been sensitive to this type of requirement," he added.

The detainees' good treatment, however, doesn't come at the expense of necessary security precautions, Inouye said. He said he was satisfied with camp security. U.S. military members at Camp X-Ray, Inouye noted, "have to be very careful" around dangerous Al Qaeda and Taliban members.

The senator said the detainees are hooded and shackled en route to Guantanamo and the camp to prevent possible escape attempts.

"That's, I think, the duty of a prisoner, to escape," he explained. "We didn't want to provide that opportunity." Inouye noted the hoods are removed when the detainees enter the compound and the shackles come off when they enter individual holding units.

Although the detainees aren't told where they are, Inouye believes those who can read English "certainly saw the license plates" of the vehicles that go in and out of the compound.

"So, I must assume that all of them know that they're in this place in Cuba called Guantanamo," he said.

Inouye described the weather in Guantanamo as "a little warmer than Hawaii," and lush.

"If I were a detainee," he noted, "I'd rather be detained there than in Kabul."

The 158 detainees at Camp X-Ray, Inouye said, are housed in 8-by-8 units surrounded by wire mesh. They sleep on 4-to-5- inch-thick mattresses with sheets and blankets. The mattresses are on the floor, as is Afghan custom, he noted.

Razor wire and watchtowers surround the compound. Inouye said guards inside the compound carry no weapons, to prevent detainees from possibly capturing weapons. The guards outside the compound are armed, however.

Detainee in-processing and questioning at Camp X-Ray have been limited to such subjects as basic name, place of birth, time of birth, name of parents, siblings and education, Inouye said, adding that more in-depth interrogations would start soon.

He noted that the Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees represent a new dimension in warfare.

"I cannot see how one can suggest that these detainees were part of an organized army or an organized country, especially the Al Qaeda members," he explained. "This war is very important, because it is new and there are no textbooks on this. We have no Army manual on how to deal with terrorists.

Secondly, unlike the wars of the past "where you can focus your attention to 'Country A or Country B,'" Inouye said, the war against global terrorism is just that.

"At this moment there are those who admire and follow the dictates of (Osama) bin Laden residing in the Philippines, and in Indonesia, in Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, and Bahrain, and all over the place, in Pakistan, and even in the United States," the Hawaii senator said.

"And so, it's not an easy thing," Inouye remarked. "Where would I send my reconnaissance patrols? … Where would I send my combat patrols? These are all new things that we are, frankly, not prepared for.

"And the fact that these 19 men, at the cost of $150,000, were able to wreak havoc of the dimension that we experienced on Sept. 11, should scare the bejesus out of us," he emphasized.

 

Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin





Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).

Contact