Friday, June 17, 2005

Baseball, apple pie, and Gitmo

Ominous remarks by Rumsfeld on why the United States can hold over 500 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay for more than three years without proving they are terrorists, releasing them if they aren't, or charging them with crimes. To date, only 4 prisoners have been charged. Rumsfeld (quoted on NPR):

Traditional doctrines covering criminal and military prisoners do not apply well enough. We are in unexplored territory with this unconventional and complex struggle against extremism.

I'm all for locking up terrorists who like killing innocent people. That's why I support prosecuting Monkey Boy Bush, Dickhead Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and Donald Rumsfeld. That's why I also support charging and prosecuting the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. I'm afraid that what the Bush administration may be covering up, however, is the fact that they don't have anything to show for their "war on terrah" but a bunch of guys at Guantanamo whom they don't have any evidence against.

Before another 9-11 happens, maybe the crack Homeland Security team should spend more time hunting down real terrorist threats, instead of going after 16-year-old girls in chat rooms, and students taking pictures of polluting chemical factories.

Meanwhile, according to John H over at PowerLineBlog (quoted by Realitique, the cruelty of torturing prisoners is as American as apple pie. It's part of a long tradition of torture by the United States, and one of the CIA's and SOA's favorite exports.


At 6/19/2005 09:13:00 AM, Blogger Rob said...

It's sad that the SOA and the atrocities we underwrote in Central America are, well, largely unknown by the majority of Americans.

And did nobody watch the Saar piece on 60 Minutes? I know he's only one Gitmo soldier, but what he said makes you wonder if more than 10 percent of detainees there are guilty of much of anything. I hope so, but I'm astonished that anyone is taking the Pentagon's word for it.

At 6/20/2005 11:40:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

I don't watch 60 Minutes, but I found this 60 Minutes report:
"a senior American military interrogator at Camp Delta told 60 Minutes II that as many as 20 percent of the Guantanamo prisoners were sent there by mistake - and that they were innocent bystanders, or very small fish. This may be one reason why: U.S. forces dropped millions of leaflets during the Afghanwar offering $20,000 to Afghans who turned in an alleged terrorist. 'Many of these people were turned over in a bounty hunt, swept up in a bounty hunt,nothing more than that,' says Wilner. 'A lot of these people down there are innocent. They were picked up by mistake. There’s no question about that.'"

At 6/20/2005 03:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only four prisioners have ever been charged with any crime. the rest we're holding indefinitely because...?



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