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Today we’re bringing you three stories that might have slipped under your radar. All the stories discuss Guantanamo Bay, and we found the stories through Gitmo Watch.
First up, usnews.com published an article titled “Government Car Rentals At Guantanamo Cost Taxpayers More Than $500K.”
The article’s author Elizabeth Flock writes:
From February to August 2012, a visitor to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base charged $5,516 to the federal government for use of a rental car on the 45-square-mile U.S. military base. From May to August 2010, another visitor spent about the same amount renting a vehicle, while from August 2010 to March 2011 someone spent $4,300.
Car rentals at Guantanamo Bay, which houses a detainment and interrogation facility of the U.S. military, have cost American taxpayers more than a half million dollars since 2009, according to Department of Defense documents obtained by the Washington-based watchdog group Judicial Watch and shared with Whispers. These car rentals have proliferated despite numerous other travel options for DOD personnel visiting the base, including bicycles and free, regular shuttle buses.
The Daily Beast published an article titled “New Project Features Guantánamo’s Long Past.”
The article’s author Miranda Green writes:
The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that explores the location’s expansive history, from its establishment in 1898 as a naval base to its role as a detention camp today. Led by Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, with the work from students at 12 other universities nationwide, the multimedia exhibit’s aim is to make visitors confront the occasionally hidden past of the notorious detention center.
IN OTHER NEWS
The Columbia Journalism Review published an article titled “What the government isn’t telling us.”
The article’s author Sarah Laskow writes:
You probably haven’t heard of “Operation Boulder,” a Nixon-era program that scrutinized the activities of Arab Americans and profiled visa applicants with Arab-sounding names. Possibly you should know about it—it’s one of the clearest precedents to the sort of policies the US government pursued after September 11 when it starting building anti-terrorism tools, like the no-fly list, around questionable metrics. But the State Department is pretty interested in keeping the program secret.
Matthew Connelly, a professor of history at Columbia University, came across Operation Boulder after a tool he and his colleagues built pointed right to it. They had just started up the Declassification Engine, a project led by Connelly and Columbia statistics professor David Madigan, with the idea that they would develop analytic tools that could coax new information out of secret or declassified documents.
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