I guess the UN's initial request to visit Guantanamo must've gotten lost in the mail, coming, as it did, 3 years ago. As soon as the Pentagon got the request, though, they decided to open the doors (if not the cells) to human rights monitors:
The Pentagon has invited UN officials to visit the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, more than three years after first receiving the request.
Three human right monitors will be allowed to observe the facilities and question military officials but will not have access to detainees.
The Pentagon said the invitation showed it had "nothing to hide".
Nothing to hide...that we're not able to hide. That's a pretty important qualifier.
The BBC story doesn't have a byline, which is a real shame. Whoever wrote this has a great sense of timing. If Jon Stewart read those three sentences, he'd get a big laugh. "Nothing to hide"...it's like a high schooler having a party when his parents are out of town. They come home a day early, but the kid locks them out of the house for 3 more days. Finally, he throws open the front door, welcomes his parents home, and says "You can't look in the closets".