For those of you who don't like your football mixed with your politics, I'll go ahead and apologize an advance for this one. The New Orleans Saints quarterback, who I've always believed to be a very nice fellow, made Guantanamo Bay sound like a world class Resort/Spa in a recent radio interview.
"I can say this after that experience -- the worst thing we can do is shut that baby down, for a lot of reasons," Brees said. "But I think there's a big misconception as to how we are treating those prisoners; those detainees over there. They are being treated probably 10 times better than any prisoner in a U.S. prison."
"I mean, they're allowed to call and write letters home, and receive letters and calls. They get five opportunities a day to pray, and they have arrows in the prison pointing towards where Mecca is. And the prison goes dead silent so these guys can have their religious time. They have rooms where they can watch movies and play Nintendo Wii. So I think that just goes ahead and says it right there."
"And you just talk to all the guards that are Army and Navy personnel, they'll tell you stories about how these prisoners, they'll be walking the cell blocks as they're keeping an eye on these guys and they'll be throwing the feces and urine in the faces of the guards as they walk by and the guards are not allowed to do anything. They're not allowed to physically retaliate or do anything hardly to try to restrain these guys at all. These guys get away with whatever they want."
Not to be a cynic, but do you think maybe Drew Brees(notes) just got the guided tour, and that tour may have just highlighted the most media-friendly parts of the facility? I don't think Drew Brees is lying, obviously, but clearly, others have had a different experience there.
Anyway, President Obama's going to have the facility shut down within a year, with or without Drew's approval. And Brees is heading to training camp tomorrow, anyway, so he's got other things to worry about.
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