Friday, June 17, 2005

Reaction to DICK Durbin

Today, I ran across this item on the FOX news web site.
GOP leaders called on their Democratic counterparts Friday to denounce the comments of Sen. Dick Durbin, who earlier this week blasted the Guantanamo detainee camp.

In the remarks first expressed on the Senate floor late Tuesday, the Illinois Democrat read the report of an FBI agent who described treatment of prisoners at the U.S. military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Among the descriptions, the report noted one case in which a detainee was held in such cold temperatures that he shivered, another in which a prisoner was held in heat passing 100 degrees, one in which prisoners were left in isolation so long they fouled themselves and one where a prisoner was chained to the floor and forced to listen to loud rap music.

"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime Pol Pot or others that had no concern for human beings," Durbin said.

But here is the part of the story that made me say, "What the......?"

"One knowledgeable official familiar with the memo cited by Durbin as well as other memos said the FBI agent made no such allegation and that the memo described only someone chained to the floor. Anything beyond that is simply an interpretation, the official said."

The FBI agent made no such allegation???

Well now, not only was the senator making anti-American and anti-military accusations, but now that it appears they aren't even true!

I have a suggestion for Senator DICK....If you are going to make serious allegations about the inhuman treatment of enemy combatants by the American military prison guards, perhaps you could make them sound like REAL abuse. Say American prison guards are torturing and murdering innocent civilians including women and children. I mean, as long as we're lying anyway, why not go all out? But come on...turning the air conditioner on and off? making him sit in one place all day? Please.

Further, it has been reported that DICK tried to backtrack on his statements today by saying he only meant, when reading the aforementioned memo, that it brought to his mind the treatment of prisoners by those regimes.

Do you know what I think of when i read that memo? I think, "Is that all? Is that all we are doing to get this animal to talk?" If in some off chance that this type of interrogation technique fails to illicit the desired results, I support falling back on the old tried and true rubber hose. Whatever it takes! If it prevents further terrorist attacks against the innocent civilian men, women, and children of our country, I say GO FOR IT! But that's just me.


Francis Lynn said...

We detest the likes of the reprehensible Durbin. Words fail us in describing the pondscum that he is. There are too many on the Democrat side like him who only encourage anti-American bile. He is in the same class as a traitor.

Xena76 said...

The temperature problems and the rap music sound like a typical day in a public high school, minus the chains of course. Thanks for writing! You definitely seem to "get it"!!! I completely agree, this is ALL we're doing? I know that basic human rights have to be protected but short of inflicting unbearable pain and death, I think those rights are being protected. I can't imagine how those who were held as POW's during WWII and the Vietnam war must feel about this...

FrenziedFeline said...

If a Repub had said that under a Dem administration, heads would be rolling--and I don't mean the ones in Iraq!

Mark said...

xena, I don't necessarily think inflicting unbearable pain is out of the question if it leads us to bin laden, but of course the prisoners are of no use to us dead.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

The thing is, I think Senator Dick Turban is expressing what a number of his fellow colleagues think, but are afraid to say. It's like our military and country not only has to fight the enemy abroad, but the propaganda war going on at home. I heard that Senator Turban's slanderous comments immediately made its way to al Jazeera. Any surprise there? How does this help bring our troops home any sooner? It only makes their job more difficult, and will drag things out even more. We never would have won WWII if journalists and congressmen carried on back then, the way they do now.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Mark, thanks for inviting me here, by the way.

Mark said...

Wordsmith, I too heard the statements made it to Al-Jezeera...And i heard that they were given favorable press there. and thanks for stopping by.