GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba—The Associated Press has reported on a secret program operated by the CIA at Guantanamo Bay in the years after 9/11 that involved turning "some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents then [sending] them home to help the U.S. kill terrorists." According to former and current government officials who insisted on anonymity, detainees chosen for the program were given special perks, including the ability to watch porn.
The program, dubbed "Penny Lane," a play on the Beatles song and "riff on the CIA's other secret facility at Guantanamo Bay, a prison known as Strawberry Fields," was operable by 2003, and though limited in scope was both a success and a failure. According to AP reporters Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, "Some of the men who passed through Penny Lane helped the CIA find and kill many top al-Qaida operatives, current and former U.S. officials said. Others stopped providing useful information and the CIA lost touch with them."
It's easy to see why some of the prisoners would have been seduced by Penny Lane. "Candidates were ushered from the confines of prison to Penny Lane's relative hominess, officials said. The cottages had private kitchens, showers and televisions. Each had a small patio," reported AP. "Some prisoners asked for and received pornography. One official said the biggest luxury in each cottage was the bed — not a military-issued cot but a real bed with a mattress."
Requests for porn by incarcerated men is hardly shocking, even if the men are assumed to be members of the Taliban or al Qaeda. After all, the founder of al Qaeda was caught with his hand in the porn cookie jar, so really, a confined acolyte has the perfect excuse.
But let's not forget that when some terrorists use porn, the porn is the last thing on their mind. Sometimes, they actually hide terror plots in the porn!
Just another page from America's dirty war on terror.
Photo: 2010 satellite image shows a portion of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including the secret facility known as Penny Lane, upper middle in white, courtesy ofand DigitalGlobe.