The Daily Sandwich

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Press expelled from Guantanamo Bay

I'm not sure what to make of this. I can understand preventing reporting on highly sensitive military installations or the like, but not a prison. Especially when Bill O'Reilly was allowed to film there last week-- and go on his show to talk about how well the prisoners are treated.

Also Tuesday, the military ordered all independent news media off the base by 10 a.m. Wednesday, and had arranged a flight to Miami to expedite their departure.

A two-sentence email to reporters for The Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times, citing a directive from the Office of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, stated: ``Media currently on the island will depart on Wednesday, 14 June 2006 at 10:00 a.m. Please be prepared to depart the CBQ [quarters] at 8:00 a.m.''

The correspondents came down to the base on Saturday to cover the aftermath of the suicides, at the invitation of the admiral in charge of the prison. The Pentagon canceled the invitation Tuesday night, despite protests from the newspapers.