- The Washington Times - Monday, July 1, 2013

Inmates at Guantanamo Bay are so catered to and pampered that hunger strikes are seen more like weight-loss programs — the prisoners are well-fed, to the point of being overweight.

A few years ago, the inmates were so fat that officials brought in treadmills for them, The New York Post found. But then, prisoners protested because the treadmills weren’t make by Muslims, but rather stamped with “made in America” logos — so the machines were replaced.

The New York Post quoted an anonymous official who witnessed the treadmill exchange as characterizing Gitmo inmates as “some of the most pampered prisoners on the planet.”

Other ways inmates are catered to: They get “Islamic prayer beads and rugs” as part of their “standard issue” prison items, the official said. And they “get their choice of more than 10,000 Islamic books and videos, stocked by a Muslim librarian who also records soccer and Arabic TV for them,” the official said, Breitbart reported.

Gitmo just spent $750,000 for a new soccer field for prisoners, also, various media reported. And one more cater to the inmates, the source said in The Post: Prisoners have successfully petitioned “prison officials to stop raising the American flag anywhere they can see it.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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