By Kerry Smith:
24 November 2006
Christmas Island is 2400 kilometres from Perth, 360km from Jakarta and nearly 2000km from Darwin.
The federal government is spending $240 million on the new detention centre.
“A group of about six [US defence officials] arrived by American plane and left on a commercial flight a week later … they took photos, and prepared a report for their masters in Washington”, Christmas Island shire president Gordon Thomson told the Age.
“The guys who came here were part of the military machine, one of them gave me a card which said he was based in Virginia and that is where the CIA is.
They were looking at a Guantanamo style prison.”
From Wikipedia on Christmas Island:
It has a unique natural topography and is of immense interest to scientists and naturalists due to the number of species of endemic flora and fauna which have evolved in isolation and undisturbed by human habitation.
Birds of Christmas Island: here.
What a shame to make such a beautiful island a scene of torture.
Amnesty International Chile: close down Guantanamo Bay.