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Git’mo fun with Miss Universe

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Need more fun in you life?  Team up with Dayana Mendoza, reigning Miss Universe, travel down to Cuba to git’mo fun. Too cheesy?

According to Fox News, the Venezuelan 22-year-old visited the U.S. naval facility, where approximately 240 detainees are held, from March 20-25 with Miss USA Crystle Stewart, age 27. In a blog post on the Miss Universe website, Mendoza reports, “We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the(y) recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. I didn’t want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.”

When I tried to read her blog entry, 404 File Not Found, came up. The Miss Universe Organization took it down.

According to Reuters, the trip was organized by the United Service Organizations (USO) which supports U.S. troops. Some view her favorable words of the detention facility as a publicity stunt by the USO with the goal of supporting the U.S. troops and America’s image. I disagree.

I see this as an untainted opinion regarding a facility that, contrary to public opinion, takes care of it’s detainees with proper human dignity. Besides, the prison’s tropical location probably didn’t hurt her positive impression.

Guantanamo? Is this what President Obama's shutting down?

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  1. Is it too much to ask for some consistency, here? Unless this post is sarcastic, I seem to recall one of your three issues being the closing of Guantanamo. Why would you want it closed if the facility treated its prisoners with “proper human dignity?”

  2. First, this blog came because I don’t believe in the thought that Miss Universe’s blog was used by the military to somehow make Gitmo “look better”. Instead I believe it was and innocent reaction.

    Guantanamo has a very long history of disregard for human dignity. Former President Bush’s executive order that created the detention facility is un-American. Torture and unconfident detaining of people that may or may not be terrorists is wrong and I am pleased that President Obama made the move to shut it down. However, anything can be changed. Very few courses are immovable from changing direction once started. From what I’ve learned about Guantanamo, it has improved greatly since it’s first three years. But this does not make it ok.

    Sometimes in order to change the overall direction of a policy you have to take big steps. Closing Gitmo is a big step toward our new direction for defeating terrorism.

    I believe that even though it isn’t as bad as it was, America will be better off once it’s closed.

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