#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – June 08 – An American historian and journalist says many people do not know that the United States is using its notorious prison at Guantanamo Bay as “an academy” where it prepares inmates “for missions.”
“Ironically, most people don’t understand that the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for people that have been captured initially in Afghanistan and then later on is also a training school, it’s an academy, you might say, it’s a place where the United States prepares people for missions,” said Webster Griffin Tarpley in a phone interview with Press TV on Saturday as he commented on recent remarks by US President Barack Obama about his administration’s prisoner-exchange deal with the Taliban.
The secret deal which led last week to the release of US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Afghan prisoners held at the Guantanamo prison came under severe criticism from Republicans but on Friday Obama defended the deal saying it was “something I would do again.”
“We have released, both under my administration and previous administrations, a large number of former Taliban fighters, some of whom will return to the battlefield,” Obama said.
Nevertheless, Tarpley says, while the “outside and naïve observer” thinks released Guantanamo prisoners “go back to their previous activities as terrorists,” these prisoners have been available to the US at Guantanamo “for brainwashing and for being retooled, reconverted, redirected.”
Some critics of the secret deal have called for the impeachment of Obama saying he acted against the US Constitution but Tarpley says the call for impeachment has nothing to do with the deal but is a result of war-mongers’ frustration with Obama’s foreign policy.
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