Richard Miniter has just published a new book called called Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. With the killing of Osama bin Laden in the news, it couldn’t be more timely.
Brian and I will try to line Richard up for a podcast interview, but in the meantime, this astonishing tidbit comes from Big Government:
I was stunned to learn while researching Mastermind that Guantanamo detainees succeeded in convincing prison officials to no longer raise the American flag anywhere they could see it. Each morning on every U.S. military base around the world, the American flag is raised to a bugle. But in the interests of not offending the detainees, it was stopped at Guantanamo.
The mind boggles. Guantanamo Bay must be the most user-friendly detention facility in world history. Up to a point that is fine, but not flying the American flag at a military base? Ridiculous.