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June 16, 2005

Life sentence

Remember how rabidly the right reacted when Amnesty International described Guantanamo Bay as “the gulag of our times, entrenching the practice of arbitrary and indefinite detention in violation of international law?” Well:

At a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Republican Chairman Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania said Congress should help to define the legal rights of the inmates at the prison, which the panel’s top Democrat called “an international embarrassment.”
Delaware Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden asked Deputy Associate Attorney General J. Michael Wiggins whether the Justice Department had “defined when there is the end of conflict.”
“No, sir,” Wiggins responded.
“If there is no definition as to when the conflict ends, that means forever, forever, forever these folks get held at Guantanamo Bay,” Biden said.
“It’s our position that, legally, they can be held in perpetuity,” Wiggins said.

Still, at least they’re in a desirable location:

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R- Ala., expressed impatience at Democrats who called for more legal rights for detainees. He said the newly constructed facility at Guantanamo was on “a beautiful site” and “would make a magnificent resort.”

And being well-fed:

Rep. Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, displayed for reporters Guantanamo-like prison entrees of lemon-baked fish and oven-fried chicken with rice, fruit and vegetables — “purchased for them by American taxpayers” — to illustrate conditions at the prison and to counter claims of mistreatment.
“They’ve never eaten better. They’ve never been treated better,” the California Republican said. “We don’t beat them. We don’t touch them. We’ve been treating people well.”

And I’m the fucking tooth fairy.

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It seems a constituent ought to write Rep. Hunter and ask why he's bragging about how well we treat and feed "dangerous enemy combatants". After all, it's a certainty that everyone at Guantanamo Bay is a terrorist (the Administration says so!). Why does Rep. Hunter think terrorists should be treated so well?

Posted by: dak at June 17, 2005 1:58 PM