Despite the sequester forcing sweeping budget cuts, the federal government reportedly has the funds to teach 166 terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay about resume writing and interviewing for jobs.
As noted by CNSNews, Gitmo’s instructional program teaches literacy, art and English as a second language, with courses such as “Arabic to English” and “Pashtu to English.” Other courses include: “Interviewing and Resume Writing,” “Computer Familiarity,” “Personal Health and Wellness” and “Personal Finance and Business.”
The Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF) reportedly approved the courses as appropriate use of tax dollars. According to the JTF “Detainees at GTMO include: terrorist trainers, terrorist financiers, bomb makers, Osama Bin Laden bodyguards, recruiters and facilitators.”
Prisoners are allowed to pray five times a day, eat communal meals, make family phone calls and receive mail, but do they need training and entertainment? Gitmo has a $750,000 soccer field, and the Detainee Library (with a full-time librarian) contains more than 22,000 items, including video games, DVDs, CDs, books and magazines.
“JTF GTMO conducts safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees, including those convicted by military commission,” reads the prison’s website.
Personnel at Gitmo are trained in cultural sensitivity so they understand Islamic practices.
“Strict measures are also in place throughout the facility to ensure that the Quran is handled appropriately by detention personnel,” states the JTF overview. “JTF Guantanamo recognizes Islamic holy periods, like Ramadan, by modifying meal schedules in observance of religious requirements.”
Sequestration has forced spending cuts in various government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development, Customs and Border Protection, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Social Security Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA).