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June 28, 2005

Back from the tropics

The New York Times—the newspaper that Bill Keller believes must become less liberal—gives Guantanamo a big wet kiss:

Senators from both sides of the aisle competed on Monday to extol the humane treatment of detainees whom they said they saw on a weekend trip to the military detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. All said they opposed closing the center.
“I feel very good” about the detainees’ treatment, Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, said. That feeling was also expressed by another Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
On Monday, Senator Jim Bunning, Republican of Kentucky, said he learned while visiting Guantánamo that some detainees “even have air-conditioning and semiprivate showers.”

Although heroically hidden at the end of the article is this, which I guess wins Kirkpatrick a remedial class:

An official of Amnesty International, Jumana Musa, dismissed the visits as “this little Congressional show and tell.” Ms. Musa said the statements did not address what she called the inadequate investigation of reported abuses.
“Whether or not people are being fed orange chicken,” Ms. Musa said, “does not get at the heart of the issue.”

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