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Gitmo Forever!

14 June 2005 at 7:40:59 AM

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Well, we have it on the authority of Dick Cheney, speaking on Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes tonight, that the administration has no intention of closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, despite even some Republican senators questioning the wisdom of the extra-judicial jail. End of story, or at least Dick hopes so. Cheney says that there are some “bad people there”, and that the U.S. needs to have the ability to imprison detainees captured in the war on terror. Yes, Dick, there might be some ‘bad’ people there, and no one is denying America’s right to defend itself against terrorism. But what sane, rational people fail to understand, Dick, is how taking suspects to an island in the Caribbean, locking them up in cages, never charging them with any crime, and occasionally torturing them is either protecting us here on the mainland or defeating terrorism in general. If we know they’re bad, then let’s do what every civilized nation would do: charge them. If we’re not sure, or don’t think we can prove a case, even at a military tribunal, then we’re just going to have to let them go. That, Mr. Vice President, is how a proper judicial system works, and until fighter-bombers are crossing our airspace, enemy subs are surfacing off Long Island, the media stops caring about the Michael Jackson verdict, and our boys our standing in line to sign up for the army, you’re not going to convince me that we’re a nation at war.

Forget for a moment that America’s image is being harmed, or that the Muslim world has another reason to hate us. Let’s say that we neither give a damn about image nor do we give a rat’s ass about whether Muslims will like us or hate us. But how on earth do we live with ourselves when we allow our government to run roughshod over the civil liberties of others in the name of protecting ours? I don’t think any American likes to read about Mohammad al-Qahtani, the Saudi detainee that Time magazine reports this week was forced to bark like a dog, had his beard shaved off, was force-fed liquids, made to stand for hours on end and was subjected to “invasion of space by a female”. He confessed to working for Al Qaeda, but so might I if I was subjected to the above (except for the female ‘space invasion’ thing of course, which apparently involves a woman straddling the prisoner. The Gitmo lap-dance?). And imagine what knowing that one could be in Cuba for the duration of the “war on terror”, i.e. the rest of one’s life, would do to one’s general outlook on life.

It’s time to stop the madness.

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