When I was in the Navy, there was a brief period of time where there were “enemy combatants” that were being held on our vessel.
Now, I spent a great deal of time on the bridge where I overheard a lot of conversations with the commanding officer and the other people. One time, the captain was telling someone about a meeting he had with a Red Cross person who had received a request from the detainees that they would like to be able to smoke.
The Red Cross person asked the captain if there was any way that they could give them a half-hour or something of time where the smoking area was off-limits and just for the detainees. The captain apparently told the person to leave his office and not waste time doing it.
The point is, if our guys can’t get something yet why should there’s be able to?
The Biden administration will offer coronavirus vaccines to detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba as soon as next week, while millions of Americans have to wait months to receive the vaccine.
Clayton Trivett Jr. — a prosecutor in the case against five prisoners alleged to have conspired in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — told defense lawyers of the decision on Thursday, The New York Times reported.
“An official in the Pentagon has just signed a memo approving the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine to the detainee population in Guantanamo,” Trivett wrote in a letter to lawyers.
The 40 detainees could receive the first dose of the vaccine “on a voluntary basis” as soon as Monday, according to the prosecutor.
Under Pentagon rules, consent is required to administer a treatment that has not yet received full Food and Drug Administration approval.
Federal prosecutors have reportedly had a hard time moving forward with war crime hearings because of a lack of vaccinations at the base, according to Fox News.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man suspected to be behind the 9/11 attacks, is one of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, but it is unknown if he will consent to receive the vaccine.