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Manual included public affairs themes

Members of the U.S. Military stand watch in a guard tower at dusk along the fence line of Camp Delta May 9, 2006.
Members of the U.S. Military stand watch in a guard tower at dusk along the fence line of Camp Delta May 9, 2006. GETTY IMAGES

Chapter 28 of the manual included so-called Pentagon ''talking points'' for the military to tell visiting media as part of the public affairs package tours that began soon after the captives began arriving in Guantánamo in January 2002. An excerpt.

Themes for Global War On Terrorism (GWOT)

a. We are making progress in the GWOT through a concerted effort with our coalition partners.

b. The U.S. will use all elements of national power and international influence to defeat global terrorism.

c. USSOUTHCOM remains committed to working with our partner nations to support democracy, military professionalism, and the observance of human rights.

d. The U.S. respects all religions. Our enemies are terrorists and the states and organizations that support them.

e. The U.S. will take all necessary steps to ensure that operations target global terrorist networks while protecting innocent lives.

Detainee International Public Information Themes

a. Detaining these people in Guantánamo Bay supports the smooth transition to a stable and secure environment in Afghanistan.

b. Guantánamo Bay affords a safe facility to secure and provide appropriate care for detainees.

c. All detainees will be treated humanely and consistent with the principles of the Geneva Conventions.

d. These detainees are the most dangerous of the al Qaeda and Taliban. They continue to pose a threat and must be under tight control.

e. Guantánamo Bay and the detention facilities are secure and well-defended.

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