Wolf Blitzer's flashback: Guantánamo Bay is "a lovely spot on the Cuban island ... a lovely place"July 12, 2005 12:35 PM EDT ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF
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During a discussion with CNN's Cairo bureau chief Ben Wedeman about his recent visit to the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer reminisced about his early-1990s visit there, while he was CNN's Pentagon correspondent. "It is a lovely spot on the Cuban island," said Blitzer. "When the vice president, Dick Cheney, said to me the other day, 'It's the tropics, it's a lovely place,' he has a point. It is a lovely place."
From the July 11 edition of CNN's Live From...:
BLITZER: Ben, I was at Guantánamo Bay in the early '90s, when I was CNN's Pentagon correspondent and that time, the U.S. was holding Haitian migrants there. But it is a lovely spot on the Cuban island. When the vice president, Dick Cheney, said to me the other day, "It's the tropics, it's a lovely place," he has a point. It is a lovely place.
WEDEMAN: It's a lovely place, but it's prison. And you can have prison anywhere, it's always prison, and certainly the conditions are -- they could be worse.
"Lovely" or not, there is substantial evidence of detainee mistreatment at Guantánamo Bay.