Production has been scrapped on a video game in which the hero is a prisoner attempting to escape the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to The Washington Times.
"Rendition: Gitmo" was to be set in the year 2020 and players were to control a detainee in an orange jumpsuit as he attempts to evade mercenary soldiers. Vets for Freedom, a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, exerted pressure in recent days on Scottish game developer T-Enterprise to prevent the game from becoming a reality, the paper reported.
"It looked like to us a blatant attempt to twist reality and change the perception of the American soldier," Vets for Freedom Chairman Pete Hegseth was quoted as saying. Hegseth served with the 101st Airborne in Iraq and on a security mission with his National Guard unit at Guantanamo.
The group was also concerned that Moazzam Begg, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay, was a consultant for the game, and some claimed the game’s main character was based on him, the Times noted.
"He was released because of our special relationship with the U.K. He was in Tora Bora with Osama bin Laden, trained at a facility with al Qaeda, and has made a lot of unsubstantiated claims about torture, mistreatment and, in fact, murder at Guantanamo. He has become sort of a poster child of the anti-war left," Hegseth told the paper.