June 15, 2006

Gitmo update

Posted in Civil rights, Government at 9:42 am by The Lizard Queen

Rather distressing that it took four years and three suicides for the administration to admit this: Bush acknowledges Guantanamo damages US image.

Choice quotes:

“‘I’d like to close Guantanamo, but I also recognize that we’re holding some people there that are darn dangerous and that we better have a plan to deal with them in our courts,’ Bush told a news conference in the White House Rose Garden.”

Darn dangerous, huh? Gotta love understatement. Also, again, detainees were sent to the Guantanamo Bay facility beginning in 2002. Couldn’t they have figured out a plan for dealing with them in our courts over the past four years? (The cynical answer, of course, is that the detainees were never going to get their day in court…)

“’No question, Guantanamo sends, you know, a signal to some of our friends — provides an excuse, for example, to say, ‘The United States is not upholding the values that they’re trying encourage other countries to adhere to,’ Bush said.”

You think?

It makes me so angry that three detainees had to kill themselves in order for changes to be made (and that’s assuming, of course, that they will in fact be made) to this situation.


1 Comment »

  1. Evil Bender said,

    Yup, they had no chance of getting a day in court. The Bush people have no trouble keeping a maybe-terrorist detained for forever if it suits their agenda.

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