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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Support Durbin or Support Terror

When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here [at Guantanamo Bay]--I almost hesitate to put them in the [Congressional] Record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:
On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. . . . On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.
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. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.



There it is Boys and Girls, Sen. Durbin's remarks in their full. This is what all the uproar is about. Is Durbin wrong for pointing out that as Americans we have a responsibility to lead the world, and set a good example. What would be the U.S. position on Al Qaeda holding torture camps for enemy combatants? We would be outraged and do everything in our power to bring it to an immediate halt, and yet we continue to do the same thing. You have two choices here, support Senator Durbin, or support Torture, at least according to wing nut "Solid Logic." So what will you be supporting this morning, torture or Durbin?