Gitmo Offers 'Resume Writing' Class for Terrorists

By Elizabeth Harrington | June 3, 2013 | 4:45pm EDT

Guantanamo guards keep watch over a cell block with detainees in Camp 6 maximum-security facility, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

( – The 166 terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay are offered a course in “interviewing and resume writing” as part of their indefinite stay at the prison camp.

Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) lists the variety of classes and activities it offers to the terrorist trainers, financiers, bomb makers, recruiters and facilitators who are housed at Gitmo.

Among them: “Interviewing and Resume Writing “and “Writing Success.”

The classes are part of “The Instructional Program” at Gitmo, which teaches literacy, English as a second language and art.

The prison that houses 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, also offers prisoners a “Life Skills” class, “Computer Familiarity,” “Personal Health and Wellness,” and “Personal Finance and Business.”

Detainees at Gitmo can learn “Pashtu to English” or “Arabic to English.”  They can also take “Art Classes in Camp 6,” a $37-million facility that has outdoor recreation areas.

The prison offers other programs for the terrorist prisoners, including “The Social Program” and “The Intellectual Stimulation Program.”

“The Social Program includes communal living, recreation and sports, communal meals and prayers, family phone calls and mail,” the Joint Task Force says.  The prison also upgraded itself with a $750,000 soccer field for the detainees, last year.

US military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

The detainees can play soccer, volleyball, basketball, table-tennis, board games, and use foosball tables and aerobic exercise machines at the facility.

Guantanamo Bay also has a “Detainee Library,” with more than 22,000 items, which includes 150 video games.  The library also has 17,080 books 2,490 magazines, 2,415 DVDs and 1,295 CDs.

Detainees can check out between six and eight books or magazines.

“JTF GTMO conducts safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees, including those convicted by military commission,” the prison’s website says.

According to the Joint Task Force, “Detainees at GTMO include:  Terrorist trainers, Terrorist financiers, Bomb makers, Osama Bin Laden bodyguards, Recruiters and facilitators.”

The detention camp, established in 2002 to hold captured terrorists in the War on Terror, also emphasizes its “cultural sensitivity” to the religion of Islam.

“Detainees have the opportunity to pray five times each day,” the Joint Task Force says.  “Prayer times are posted for the detainees and arrows are painted on the ground in each cell and in communal areas so the detainees know the direction to Mecca.”

Department of Defense personnel at Gitmo also receive “cultural training to ensure they understand Islamic practices.”

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