Tuesday, January 04, 2005


U.S. Gulag Spared from Tsunami!

One macabre thought that has occurred to me repeatedly in the week since the horrible tragedy in the Indian ocean is whether it affected the US military base on Diego Garcia. Since activities on the base are top secret, it wasn't clear if we would ever find out what happened there, especially to the "enemy combatants" who are held in "Camp Justice" indefintely, illegally, without charge. Well, today I read that the undersea topography of the area does not favor the formation of deadly tsunamis and that the earthquake was only experienced as a six-foot surge in sea levels, apparently not enough to do any damage.

So, just in case you were wondering, our disgraceful prison camp in the Indian ocean is safe, along with the hundreds of personnel and billions of dollars poured in there by the US military. No word on the thousands of former inhabitants of the island, who were all forcibly displaced to Mauritius in the 1960s to make way for the US military. Let's hope they're okay, too.

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