Playing Games at Gitmo
The human rights crowd is right:
Life is hard for a
Guantanamo Bay detainee. The deprivation is
unspeakable. According to the facility`s
adviser," their brains have not been
enough. So this Thanksgiving, America is drawing up
plans to provide the 250 or so suspected jihadists at
Spartan" detention camp with basic sustenance
including, as reported by the
Miami Herald, movie nights, art classes, English
language lessons and
detainees get a dose of culture, By Carol
Rosenberg, November 23, 2008]
Next up: Wii Fit, Guitar Hero,
Sudoku, People magazine and macramé. Anything less would be uncivilized.
On a deadly serious note, the
detainees aren`t the only ones playing games at Gitmo.
Some top legal advisers and supporters of Barack Obama,
whose name detainees chanted on election night, are now
rethinking the president-elect`s absolutist campaign
position on shutting the center down and flooding our
mainland courts with every last enemy combatant
designee. Yes, reality bites. And Democrats must now
grapple with the very real possibility that an Obama
administration could potentially release a Gitmo denizen
who would turn around and commit mass terrorist acts on
American soil or abroad.
Nothing clarifies the mind like a
jihadi boomerang. Never before have an administration
and its followers matured so quickly in office—and they
haven`t even taken office yet.
While Obama paid lip service to the "Close the Gitmo gulag!" agenda on
"60 Minutes" over the weekend, his kitchen cabinet is proceeding
more pragmatically. Believe it or not, the Obama crowd
is now contemplating a preventive detention law and an
alternative judicial system for the most sensitive
national security cases involving the most highly
classified information—information that has no place
being aired in the civilian courts for public
Listen to relentless Bush critic
David Cole, who told
The New York Times
last week: "You
can`t be a purist and say there`s never any circumstance
in which a democratic society can preventively detain
Ben Wittes of the Brookings Institution:
"I`m afraid of
released in the name of human rights and doing terrible
A New Detention Law?,
Glaberson, November 14, 2008]
Moreover, Obama transition team
have suggested to
The Wall Street Journal that despite his
campaign season CIA-bashing,
"Obama may decide
he wants to keep the road open in certain cases for the
CIA to use techniques not approved by the military, but
with much greater oversight."
Next thing you know, they`ll start
arguing that the world has been fooled by
sob-story propaganda about the Gitmo
detainees—funded by Kuwaiti government-subsidized
lawyers who cast them all as innocent potato farmers and
schmucks dazed and confused on battlefields.
Next thing you know, they`ll
rediscover the facts that detainees have systematically
lied and exaggerated stories about mistreatment at Gitmo,
and that interrogators and military personnel have bent
over backward to accommodate their personal and
religious needs and wants.
Next thing you know, they`ll start
reminding us that dozens of former Gitmo detainees have
been released and recaptured on the battlefield while
committing acts of terrorism.
Funny, when President Bush and his
homeland security team realized these very realities
seven years ago, they were branded terrorists and
hounded relentlessly by Congress, the media and the
left. When Attorney General Michael Mukasey eloquently
defended the administration`s counterterrorism policies
at the Federalist Society before he collapsed, he was
heckled as a
"tyrant." And when I wrote my
second book expounding on this very thesis, I was
labeled a racist and fascist whose ideas exploring the
proper balance between security and civil liberties had
no place in public discourse.
Now, at long last, some liberals
have realized that the sacred goal of
America`s moral stature in the world," as Obama put
it, may be less important than ensuring that al-Qaida
killers don`t strike on American ground again.
Viva la Hope and Change!
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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