Sunday, March 19, 2006

Motel Hell

The New York Times today details how U.S. intelligence officers tortured Iraqi detainees in a hidden military base near the Baghdad airport. While the article primarily deals with some harrowing allegations regarding torture in a place dubbed the "Black Room" by U.S. troops, I couldn't help noticing this:

"Detainees were kept in as many as 85 cells spread over two buildings. Some detainees were kept in what was known as Motel 6, a group of crudely built plywood shacks that reeked of urine and excrement. The shacks were cramped, forcing many prisoners to squat or crouch."

Now, I'm no patron of Motel 6, mind you, but it seems to me that once the name of your hotel chain is usurped by the United States military to denote hellish living conditions, you are in need of a serious, serious public relations makeover.

I'm not sure that promising to "keep the light on for you" is cutting it anymore, guys.


At 2:15 PM, Anonymous turtleboi said...

Perhaps "Meat's meat and man's gotta eat!" would be a better slogan.

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Um ... you lost me, turtleboi. Although that IS a damn fine slogan.

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous turtleboi said...

It's what "daddy always used to say" in Motel Hell. I realize it's probably been a while since you've actually snuggled in for a screening.

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Daniel Gale-Grogen said...

How about, "We'll Keep the Black Light on For You."

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