Tuesday, February 24, 2009

King: Guantanamo Like Club Med for Terrorists

Considering many of these monsters at Club Gitmo claimed they were just hapless bystanders on vacation in Afghanistan, you suppose they would be enjoying the creature comforts at a Club Med-like facility. Of course such comments will likely send delicate flowers like Glenn Greenwald into fits of apoplexy.
They should call it Camp Gitmo.

Congress yesterday conducted its first inspection of the Guantanamo Bay military prison since President Obama ordered it closed.

Long Island Rep. Peter King said it looked more like Club Med for terrorists than the torture chamber depicted by its critics.

"The prisoners are being treated better than American citizens in any prison I've been to in the United States," said King, the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee.

"They're allowed out of their cells for hours at a time - even the worst of the worst," he told The Post
Meanwhile, racial coward Eric Holder also visited Club Gitmo Monday, and in a nod to openness and transparency, no reporters were allowed to accompany him.
Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday visited the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the Obama administration weighs what is needed to shut the facility.

The role of the prison in the war against terrorism and the treatment of suspects held there was a continuing international controversy during the Bush administration. During the campaign, Barack Obama repeatedly pledged to close it if elected president.

Now, Obama has set a goal of shuttering the facility within a year. And a large part of Holder's visit involves talks with officials about detention and interrogation practices.

No news reporters accompanied Holder on the flight.

Holder and about a half-dozen key aides arrived at Guantanamo around midmorning Monday and they are scheduled to return to Washington Monday night.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who led a congressional delegation to Guantanamo that left shortly before Holder arrived, said he think Holder's visit is a good thing if Holder keeps an open mind.

"If he has an open mind, he would see that the detainees are treated humanely, that these are dangerous people, and I don't believe Guantanamo should be closed," said King, the senior Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee.

"I think he's going to realize the problems, as to where these people are going to go," King said. "Who's going to accept them? What we do with them?"

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