Bush Wants to Close Gitmo…

…or so he says. From MS-NBC:

President Bush said he would like to close the U.S.-run prison at Guantanamo Bay “” a step urged by several U.S. allies “” but was awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on how suspects held there might be tried.

“Of course Guantanamo is a delicate issue for people. I would like to close the camp and put the prisoners on trial,” Bush said in comments to German television to be broadcast Sunday night. The interview was recorded last week.

Human-rights groups have accused the United States of mistreating Guantanamo prisoners through cruel interrogation methods, a charge denied by the U.S. government.

They also criticize the indefinite detention of suspects captured since the military prison was opened in 2002 at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, as part of the Bush administration’s war on terrorism.

I’ll believe it when I see it. In the mean time, mere promises to fix this particular problem don’t excuse the neocons for the very long list of evil things they have done — and still continue to do.

posted by Stephen Gordon
  • Ian C

    “What we have here is — failure to communicate. Some men, you just can’t reach. **Now, I don’t like it any more than you do** […]”

  • johnny

    Ha, these are the same Human rights groups that say China and Cuba are better then the USA on rights violations

    Flushing the Koran is cruel interrogation, wow the PC rauns rampant

  • Ian C

    johnny — how about forcing surgical tubing down the nasal pasages and into the stomach of men strapped to a metal chair whom are on hunger strike just to force-feed semi-liquid nutrient sources into their bodies? Or forcing via threat and application of pain subjects to stand upright for more than 3 days continuously, in one position?

    Or keeping the urinals and such of men whose religion dictates they keep such things private and enclosed, in an open space with nothing separating them but wire-fencing?

    There *IS* in fact a great deal of rather well-cultivated psychological torture going on there… and just because it leaves no physical scars does NOT make it any less inhumane.

    That’s just ‘Gitmo’ by the way. Not even gonna touch the blood-smeared floors of Abu Graib (sp?) I just *wish* that were an exaggeration.

  • lunetik

    So, which human rights groups say “China and Cuba are better then[sic] the USA on rights viloation”. Can you provide one link to a single internationally respected rights group that says this?

    No, of course you can’t. You right wingnuts are all the same: you spout your blather, but can’t back it up.