We have had another distinct, but largely unrecognized Orwellian moment with the Bush administration’s shrugging off of the UN report recommending prison facilities at Guantanamo be closed. Of course Rumsfeld and the other doubleplusgood duckspeakers deny that conditions there are “abusive”. (Given their definition of “torture”, one wonders how they define “abusive.”) What they choose to ignore is that, given generally accepted standards of human rights, the conditions there are INHERENTLY abusive. The prisoners there have been taken from their own country thousands of miles away without charges or warrants; held incommunicado and without trial; largely denied counsel; and, perhaps worst of all, have no idea when, if ever, they will be set free again. Add to this the significant possibility that many there are innocent of any evil intent. Plus, consider that it’s still a makeshift camp. Prisoners were living in shelters made from steel shipping containers, which must be stifling hot in summer and wretchedly cold and damp in winter weather. And when was the last time you saw a shipping container with plumbing?