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Thursday, May 21, 2009 6:00 am

A question regarding Gitmo

Filed under: Aiee! Teh stoopid! It burns! — Lex @ 6:00 am

I see that congressional Dems are joining with the GOP not to fund closing Gitmo until there’s some kind of “plan” in place for handling the current crop of detainees.

They’re all a bunch of pants-wetters.

Am I seriously supposed to believe that a prison system that handled the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy and Tim McVeigh just fine can’t handle a couple of hundred could-be-but-mostly-probably-aren’t terrorists?

UPDATE: Digby agrees:

Prisons are what we do. We have more people locked up that any other nation on earth. It’s one of our biggest industries. We may be bad at everything else, but locking people up we are really, really good at. The idea that we can’t keep a few broken, foreign, torture victims in jail is patently absurd. If you don’t believe that the government is capable of protecting a prison from attack by foreign terrorists, anyone who lives near a nuclear power plant should be completely petrified.

Heh. Indeed.


  1. The Gitmo Myth and the Torture Xanard: Commentary

    “The standard argument is that the public shift in attitude toward Gitmo was gradual, and reflected a growing disillusionment with the war on terror as the sordid details of how George W. Bush and his assistants chose to wage it came out, including the supposed secret use of torture. Once the detention center had become a cesspool of human-rights abuse, the evil spawned there then seeped into other facilities where prisoners in the Bush war on terror were being held, most notoriously the Iraqi prison at Abu Ghraib. In 2004, former Vice President Al Gore announced that Abu Ghraib “was not the result of random acts by a ‘few bad apples’: it was the natural consequence of the Bush administration policy” of retaining and interrogating inmates at Gitmo.

    What this account and others like it fail to take into consideration are the aggressive and unending efforts of a cadre of lawyers, activists, left-leaning Democrats in Congress, and civil libertarians against the facility, its purpose, its goal, and its existence. These efforts began even before it was opened, in November 2001, and continue to this day. The anti-Gitmo forces worked tirelessly to shape the public perception that Gitmo was the red-hot center of an aggressive policy approach that led the leftist financier George Soros to declare: “The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush.”

    The enemies of Bush and Gitmo have succeeded brilliantly. But in so doing, they have done grave violence to the truth about the Guantánamo Bay facility, have aided in the release of prisoners who have since committed acts of terrorism outside the United States, and may yet succeed in having Barack Obama’s government release young men with terrifying ambitions for murder and mass destruction onto the soil of the United States.”


    Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, May 21, 2009 9:44 pm @ 9:44 pm

  2. And his point is … ? Gee, some people were able to see from the beginning just where ignoring the Constitution, Geneva, the UN Convention Against Torture, etc., were going to take us and this is somehow a BAD thing?

    And what happened at Gitmo didn’t “seep” to Abu Ghraib; it was carried there by Geoffrey Miller.

    There has been no violence done to the “truth” about Gitmo. If anything, the full truth about the violence at Gitmo and other U.S. detention sites has yet to be revealed.

    Comment by Lex — Friday, May 22, 2009 5:48 am @ 5:48 am

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