It has been a long time since I posted to the blog. For excuses I'll go with these: Problems with routers and computers at home, a great football season, and too many blogs and articles to read.
According to the Associated Press the CIA has, for the last ten years, been grooming a percentage of the Gitmo detainees in a camp a few hundred yards away from the main prison. The government's goal was to turn these prisoners into double agents to spy on al-Qaida. These suspected terrorists were paid millions of dollars by our government and were given special accommodations (from actual beds to pornography) as incentives to identify other terrorists so that hey could be killed by drone strikes.
The CIA named the special camp Penny Lane, after the Beatles tune by the same name ("very strange"). The name of the other camp? "Starwberry Fields" (I suppose to stick with the theme but it could be because of the song's refrain "strawberry fields forever"). The detainees in that camp have been held there for more than a dozen years without being charged with crimes or prosecuted by any authority....so they may be there forever.
It all caused me to wonder if the CIA might start calling drones "Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds".
The timing of this news coincided with the news about the 50 year anniversary of the assassination of JFK (with its own Guantanamo Bay connection). I wonder what JFK would think of Gitmo and our government's use of drones to kill those suspected of being terrorists. I suppose he might wish he had had drone technology in the 1960's to rub-out Castro. On the other hand, I think JFK would frown on these tactics. He was a civil rights activist and believed in such things as the presumption of innocence and in not executing someone until AFTER he had been found guilty by a jury.
This Thanksgiving I am grateful for our Constitution and for the rights and freedoms we have. Happy Thanksgiving, all.