March 25, 2005

The Camp Bucca Redemption

CAMP BUCCA, IRAQ -- U.S. military police Friday thwarted a massive escape attempt by suspected insurgents and terrorists from this southern Iraq Army base that houses more than 6,000 detainees when they uncovered a 600-foot tunnel the detainees had dug under their compound.

"We were very close to a very bad thing," Major Gen. William Brandenburg said Friday after troops under his command discovered the tunnel that prisoners had painstakingly dug with the help of makeshift tools.

Within hours of the discovery on the first tunnel, a second tunnel of about 300 feet was detected under an adjoining compound in the camp, which holds 6,049 detainees. The elaborate escape is reminiscent of the 1994 movie, "The Shawshank Redemption," where a prisoner burrows his way out of prison.

See what happens when you don't keep an eye on Tim Robbins?

(hat tip Drudge)

Update: Added the quote from the article for context.

Update 2: Added to the Beltway Traffic Jam.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 25, 2005 01:35 PM | TrackBack