June 24, 2005 |
Kathleen Parker is a columnist for the Orlando Sentinel By now, we can concede that America's prison camp at Guant?namo Bay, Cuba, is not a torture-driven gulag and that Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) was wrong to draw that comparison. As for his comparison of Guant?namo ("Gitmo") to Stalin's gulags, Hitler's concentration camps, and Pol Pot's human-skull pyramids, one can only surmise that the Illinois senator suffered a temporary fugue or a bout of Tourette's. The problem with Durbin's rhetorical excess, meanwhile, was that he made it easy - and wrong - to dismiss any and all concerns about prisoner treatment at Gitmo and elsewhere.
December 11, 2010
With their vote Wednesday to effectively halt President Obama's effort to shutter the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, U.S. House members of both parties no doubt took a stand that they regard as necessary to safeguard the nation. It's likely, though, that it could have the opposite impact. There's certainly no doubt that the decision to retain Guantanamo comes with a steep price in the continued erosion of American prestige. As long as U.S. policy is for the open-ended detention of terror suspects who have little prospect of their day in court, the nation fails to live up to its core democratic values.
June 10, 2005
MICHELLE Malkin's (column, June 6) advise to us that most abuses at Guantanamo have been fabricated is made problematic by the Bush administration's refusal to grant habeas corpus to any of the detainees. Reports of abuse verified by the United States military can hardly be ridiculed as fabrications. The involvement of Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez in justifying torture abroad and torture by proxy has been an embarassment and a disgrace. The notion that prisoners already incarcerated for three years have information of such urgent necessity as to justify continued mistreatment and isolation is the kind of sociopathic paranoia more appropriate for television fiction like "24" than for living in the real world.
June 6, 2005
WHEN NEWSWEEK mistakenly reported that a copy of the Quran was flushed down a toilet by military personnel in Guantanamo Bay prison - helping to spark deadly riots in the Middle East - the magazine quickly and publicly retracted the story and apologized. But that didn't stop the Bush White House and its pundit flunkies from playing Whack-A-Mole with Newsweek as chief mole. Yet apparently Newsweek had little to apologize for. Unlike the magazine, which owned up to its mistake, this administration admits error only when it knows no one is paying attention.
June 17, 2008
It's hard to summarize a decision as long and complicated as the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in Boumediene v. Bush. But we can try. Unprecedented. Reckless. Harmful. Breathtakingly condescending. . . . The upshot is the prisoners at Camp Delta can now file habeas corpus petitions in U.S. district courts seeking reprieve. Hence, lawyers, judges, and left-wing interest groups will have real influence over the conduct of the war on terror. Call it the Gitmo nightmare. - Matthew Continetti on www.weeklystandard.
June 8, 2004 |
When you hear the words Guantanamo Bay, the words Abu Ghraib seem to echo back. But I was in Guantanamo for three days last week, and I saw something very different. I concluded that, at Gitmo, we extract information from prisoners not by torture but by developing rapport with them. It involves amenities. Full rolls of toilet paper. Fruit baskets. A field trip barbecue. I talked to prisoners, visited cell blocks, surveyed their medical care, interviewed the base commander and chief interrogator on my show, and allowed callers to probe them with questions.
June 6, 2005 |
THE MAINSTREAM media and international human rights organizations have relentlessly portrayed the Guantanamo Bay detention facility as a depraved torture chamber operated by sadistic American military officials defiling Islam at every turn. It's the "gulag of our time," wails Amnesty International. It's the "anti-Statue of Liberty," bemoans New York Times columnist Tom Friedman. Have there been abuses? Yes. But here's the rest of the story, the part Islamists and their sympathizers don't want you to hear.
July 3, 2005
Replacing O'Connor Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement came as a great surprise. She should be commended, because for the most part, she judged from the American mainstream. I would hope with that in mind, President Bush consults with both parties in the Senate to find a similar replacement. However, after following this administration over the last 4 1/2 years, I don't have much confidence in that happening. Steven M. Clayton Ocean, N.J. Opening for the right Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the swing vote on a vastly polarized Supreme Court, is leaving, and the far right is popping open the champagne bottles.
March 29, 2002 |
WELL, WE KNOW what Pat Croce's next venture will be. Look for an announcement next week that the former Sixers president - and current NBC/NBA analyst - is a partner in Slamball, which he's been telling friends is "the first X-Games team sport," Stu Bykofsky reports. It will make its debut on TNN this summer. Slamball is played on a "revolutionary trampoline and spring-loaded surface" combining the "fast-court action of basketball with elements of football, hockey and soccer," says an inside source.
January 28, 2010
Keep Guantanamo open for business Re: "Must close Guantanamo," Tuesday: Your rationale for closing Gitmo is as flawed and naive as your position in support of holding the terror trials in New York. You said closing the prison in Cuba would deprive al-Qaeda and other terrorist conspirators of a potent recruiting tool. Nowhere is that statement supported by any credible facts. The Council on Foreign Relations said, "Guantanamo's initial operational problems have long been worked out, and the prison is now expertly run by the military in a humane way that is consistent with international legal standards.