Young Gitmo Guards Get Primers on 9/11
Many were just kids 12 years ago: ProPublica
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2013 5:12 PM CDT
In this Sept. 11, 2001, photo, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York.   (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

(Newser) – It's been almost 12 years since the 9/11 attacks, which presents the US military with an unusual concern: Many of its guards at Guantanamo Bay were just kids when the attacks happened. To make sure they fully grasp the seriousness of their duties, the military conducts briefings—or "history lessons" in the words of ProPublica—on the attacks. They consist of a 17-slide PowerPoint presentation that includes information on the hijackers, photos of the destruction, and 9-1-1 calls from the towers.

ProPublica got eight of the pages in a Freedom of Information Act request (none have anything more than routine info), and the FBI held back the other nine over security concerns. Of the 166 detainees at Gitmo, five are currently on trial for allegedly helping plot the 9/11 attacks. ProPublica made the FOIA request after seeing a mention of the briefings in the Huffington Post, which says they "left many participants in tears." Click to see the slides as part of ProPublica's full article.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Young Gitmo Guards Get Primers on 9/11 is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 23 comments
Aug 30, 2013 8:38 AM CDT
Seriously, is there anyone out there that's still dumb enough to believe that some scrawny little guys were able to hijack planes and those planes could knock down buildings that were designed, tested and built to withstand not just one crash but could withstand 8 crashes and still be left standing? I mean, by tyhe time that you hit science class in the 4th grade you know that steel can not be affected by a hydro-carbon fire
Aug 29, 2013 8:38 PM CDT
I was privy to the rest of the training video. Toward the end, Jack Nicholson appears and says, "Let me tell you guys, and gals, that we need you on that wall. We want you on that wall. If anyone opposes you in that endeavor, they can just pick up a gun and stand opposed to you, either way, you really don't need to give a darn. You must remember that all those free thinking tree hugging liberals out there sleep under the blanket of protection you are providing to them. Thank you very much."
Aug 28, 2013 12:18 PM CDT
Go to your home page and type into bing. [ confirmed; US claims against Syria-there is no evidence ]