Taking Liberties


| February 21, 2003 Issue


Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is where more than 600 prisoners from the war on terrorism are currently being held. Writer Joel McNally had the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of the complex while traveling in Cuba with a 20-member delegation from Milwaukee. “We are on a Cuban military overlook gazing through one of those coin-operated viewing machines that usually provide close-ups of the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls,” writes McNally for the Milwaukee alt weekly Shepherd Express. “Only this time we are seeing a military concentration camp.”

Guantanamo is the second largest bay in Cuba and has been occupied by the U.S. military since the Spanish-American War. Besides the camp, the bay also features a U.S. naval base, 70,000 landmines and a golf coarse. Best of all, every year the U.S. writes Cuba a check for $4,085 as a sort of rent, but Castro has refused to cash a single check since the Cuban Revolution.
















Pay Now Save $5!

Utne Summer 2016Want to gain a fresh perspective? Read stories that matter? Feel optimistic about the future? It's all here! Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.

Save Even More Money By Paying NOW!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Utne Reader for only $40.00 (USA only).

Or Bill Me Later and pay just $45 for 4 issues of Utne Reader!




Facebook Instagram Twitter flipboard


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265