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The Freedom of Information Act, conceived by Navy veteran and California Rep. John E. Moss more than 50 years ago, is the world’s best vehicle for absurd bureaucratic trivia. A tool of transparency, the FOIA request can surface government documents on everything from the fascinating to the banal — from evidence of government malfeasance to Barack Obama’s secret beer recipe. And in the case of Guantanamo Bay, sometimes those documents are fascinating and banal.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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David is sore most days. It’s his back and his hands, mostly, but to be honest, it’s all the joints. He’s deaf in one ear, blind in one eye, and walks with a cane. He’s 64 and has arthritis most everywhere you can have it. But there’s some pain that age doesn’t inflict. Terrible thoughts, the stuff of bad dreams. For him they’re memories, and all too real.

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Timothy Wynn enlisted in the Marines in 1999, but when the Corps extended his contract, he was sent overseas. In 2003, Wynn deployed to Iraq with 2nd Military Police Battalion as part of the initial invasion.

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