First, they tried to shoot the dogs. Next, they tried to poison them with strychnine. When both failed as efficient killing methods, British government agents and US Navy personnel used raw meat to lure the pets into a sealed shed. Locking them inside, they gassed the howling animals with exhaust piped in from US military vehicles. Then, setting coconut husks ablaze, they burned the dogs’ carcasses as their owners were left to watch and ponder their own fate. The truth about the US military base on the British-controlled Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia is often hard to believe. It would be easy enough to confuse the real story with fictional accounts of the island found in the Transformers movies, on the television series 24, and in Internet conspiracy theories about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. While the grim saga of Diego Garcia frequently reads like fiction, it has proven all too real for the people involved. It’s the story of a US military base built on a series of real-life fictions told by US and British officials over more than half a century. The central fiction is that the United States built its base on an “uninhabited”… Read full this story
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