Saturday, May 20, 2006

Guantanamo is not "Compassionate", Mr. Bush

It's pretty simple: America cannot live its stated values while operating Guantanamo.

It shouldn't take the United Nations, for the second time this year, to shame our government into closing the prison. Marjorie Cohn writes:
"The UN Human Rights Commission criticized the US government for force-feeding hunger strikers there - calling it torture - and urged the United States to 'close the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities without further delay.'"
The Committee Against Torture stated that it was concerned about "reliable reports of acts of torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment committed by certain members of the [United States] military or civilian personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq," some of which resulted in death.

And yet our "compassionate conservative" leaders remain mum, even as three or four Guantanamo prisoners attempted suicide on Thursday.

Is this what America is fighting for?

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