Today marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the U.S. military detention camp for terrorist suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba; it is also the day that the Disney Empire beat off competition to purchase the camp. Disney has beaten Butlins and Pontins in the bid to buy Guantanamo Bay.
A spokesman for Butlins said, "naturally we are disappointed; it was perfect we would not even need to do a re-fit, we could have been open for the Easter break".
The U.S. government, under former President George W. Bush, set up the camp after U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan to attack the Al-Qaeda network, blamed for carrying out the hijacked plane attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the United States on September 11, 2001. The camp was set up to hold and interrogate detainees suspected of links to Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and other groups seen by the United States as terrorist organizations.
Disney Director Wart Disney announced, "Our customers are looking for new experiences and the wholesome family thing is getting a bit tired to be honest. Kids these days want a bit of reality. We want to keep up the general ethos and values of the camp and I am sure our guests will enjoy the unique experience of the camps activities including water-boarding."
The CIA has promised to oversee the handover through the summer season so that the authenticity is not lost; and a couple of platoons of marines will stay on.
President Barack Obama, after replacing Bush in the White House in 2009, ordered the camp closed by January 2010 but missed the deadline. Today he said, "Americans today is a historic day as one great American institution hands over to another. God bless you Mickey Mouse."
To mark today's anniversary, Amnesty International released 40.000 yellow Donald Ducks, each in an orange overall. One for each child whose dream will come true this year at CubaDisney.