Civil rights groups have filed lawsuits that accuse the U.S. facilities of some of the same due process complaints raised by people at the island prison.
That's from Carrie Johnson and Margot Williams' "'Guantanamo North': Inside Secretive U.S. Prisons" (All Things Considered, NPR). This is part one of a two-part series and you've got audio and text so please check the story out.
Also note that this is an investigative story. It didn't just happen. NPR didn't pick up one of the major dailies and go on air with, "As the Washington Post is reporting . . ." Investigative journalism requires money.
NPR's far from perfect (see Deborah Potter's piece on that). Senator Jim DeMint has a column in the Wall St. Journal calling for NPR (and PBS) to be privatized.
The Free Press has a page where you can contact your reps in Congress and tell them to save NPR -- you can also use the forum to tell them to privatize it if that's your wish.
I'm not telling you what to do.
But I am going to share my opinion.
I've never had much use for NPR. I grew up with KPFA. And back then, KPFA mattered. It was about various opinions and about truth. (Until the recent attempts to save KPFA in November, KPFA was nothing but Barack propaganda. It still is on too many shows.) I am on the road most weeks and we grab news in the cars, I stream online.
More and more, for me, NPR is the choice. KPFA lies too often. They shave the facts and try to trick you.
NPR was always too mainstream for me. But in recent years, my side's become as lying as I saw the right-wing being in the 80s, 90s and 00s. And I'm tired of that.
And I want to know that a report is a report. It's not a fact or two mixed with seven or more lies. If Barack does something stupid or awful, I don't need 30 minutes of justification or 30 minutes of distraction.
I'm not a child.
And, for all of its faults, NPR treats me like an adult.
I would not have guessed that I'd ever donate to NPR but I actually did this week and told the operator I was doing it because of Kelly McEvers' Morning Edition story about whether or not the US will withdraw. I hope that somehow made it up the chain so that ME and McEvers know her report prompted me to give for the first time ever. I gave $300 because I had it to spare. I've only started donating to KPFA again since the November shake up.
I'm not asking anyone to give money. I'm not even asking you to use the forum. I'm not trying to scare you about "NPR WILL LEAVE THE AIR!" if you don't do whatever.
I'm just saying that NPR is in city after city across the US. We can be in Colorado and we can catch news and views from an NPR or in Oklahoma or DC or Boston or Dallas or you name it. The only place I don't listen to NPR is at home. And that's just because I'm only home on the weekends and I try not to do the things during the week to draw a line between the two.
And there's the national programming and there's a lot of really good local programming that I hear when we're on the road.
I'm not telling you what to do. But I've shared my thoughts and if they rang true to you, maybe you need to do something too.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"