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On Guantanamo

During his 2008 campaign, U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to shut down the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that’s been used to detain enemy combatants in the “War on Terror.” Obviously that hasn’t happened … although taxpayers did shell out $750,000 on a soccer field for the detainees to…

During his 2008 campaign, U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to shut down the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that’s been used to detain enemy combatants in the “War on Terror.” Obviously that hasn’t happened … although taxpayers did shell out $750,000 on a soccer field for the detainees to use.

Five years later, Obama is once again raising the issue of closing Guantanamo … although once again he’s offering nothing in the way of alternative arrangements for the facility’s 166 occupants.

“I’m going to go back at this,” Obama said this week. “I’ve asked my team to review everything that’s currently being done in Guantanamo, everything that we can do administratively, and I’m going to re-engage with Congress to try to make the case that this is not something that’s in the best interest of the American people.”

Okay …

Obama’s interest in Guantanamo comes as roughly 100 detainees are participating in a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention at the facility – which began accepting detainees in January 2002.

In response to this hunger strike, the federal government has flown in several dozen medical military staff to attend to their nutritional needs.

“We will not allow them to die of starvation,” one military official said.

Really? Why not? Oh right … because neocon whores like U.S. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham can’t be deprived of any additional “actionable intelligence” these detainees may have.

This is ridiculous …

While we’ve always viewed suicide as the one unforgivable sin, the right to take one’s own life is a fundamental human liberty. If these detainees want to starve themselves to death, they should be allowed to do so. We shouldn’t be paying for to feed them against their will – thus prolonging their public relations campaign – any more than we should have built them a soccer field.

Taxpayers are shelling out more than $150 million a year on Guantanamo Bay, and while that cost pales in comparison to the cash being dropped on the broader “War on Terror,” it’s still money we can’t afford.

More fundamentally … why has dealing with these enemy combatant issues become so unnecessarily complex?

Here’s the bottom line: If proof exists that foreign nationals knowingly participated in terror activities against American citizens, then they should be lined up against a wall and shot – immediately. If no such proof exists (or, as is the case with many detainees, the government has no idea who they are), then they should be released.

Indefinite detention serves no one’s interests … shoot ’em or set ’em free.

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16 comments

Darth May 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

Same GITMO that houses “South Carolina Iraq War Vet” JAG officer Barry W’s clients base, represented from Pittsburgh? Shoulds shot ’em all, but Benghzaigate issues for the hostage swap failed when Muslim Bros’ in da hood got frisky and decided to ape an ambassador… got to stop picking gay ambassadors

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Just another Joe May 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

HeyDarth, take your time when writing. Write in in complete sentences please.

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Darth May 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

Same GITMO that houses “South Carolina Iraq War Vet” JAG officer Barry W’s clients base, represented from Pittsburgh? Shoulds shot ’em all, but Benghzaigate issues for the hostage swap failed when Muslim Bros’ in da hood got frisky and decided to ape an ambassador… got to stop picking gay ambassadors

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Just another Joe May 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

HeyDarth, take your time when writing. Write in in complete sentences please.

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TA May 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

If our government (Republicans and Democrats alike) are going to indefinitely detain people for 11 years with no charges and no trial, then I think we should build them a soccer field.

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jimlewisowb May 1, 2013 at 10:51 am

110% in agreement

Prior to each game a minimum of 8 IED’s shall be buried at random on the pitch

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TA May 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

If our government (Republicans and Democrats alike) are going to indefinitely detain people for 11 years with no charges and no trial, then I think we should build them a soccer field.

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jimlewisowb May 1, 2013 at 10:51 am

110% in agreement

Prior to each game a minimum of 8 IED’s shall be buried at random on the pitch

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Smirks May 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

“It’s too dangerous to let them go now! They might hate us and become terrorists after we fucked them for so many years!”

“They might still have valuable information!”

“Waterboarding isn’t torture! Club Gitmo!”

“We can’t let them end their own suffering! Just force feed them!”

Can’t wait to see Graham bitch and moan about this one.

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Smirks May 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

“It’s too dangerous to let them go now! They might hate us and become terrorists after we fucked them for so many years!”

“They might still have valuable information!”

“Waterboarding isn’t torture! Club Gitmo!”

“We can’t let them end their own suffering! Just force feed them!”

Can’t wait to see Graham bitch and moan about this one.

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? May 1, 2013 at 11:22 am

I’m sure 11 years later, the detainees are a treasure trove of valuable intelligence information.

Things such as:

1. How to masturbate under constant supervision while thinking pure thoughts about Allah.

2. How to fashionably wear an orange jumpsuit

3. How to read the Koran thousands of times and ENJOY it!

Seriously, our nation and its “intelligence” agencies are filled with retards.

It’s hopeless.

Time to drink while our Titanic sinks.

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? May 1, 2013 at 11:22 am

I’m sure 11 years later, the detainees are a treasure trove of valuable intelligence information.

Things such as:

1. How to masturbate under constant supervision while thinking pure thoughts about Allah.

2. How to fashionably wear an orange jumpsuit

3. How to read the Koran thousands of times and ENJOY it!

Seriously, our nation and its “intelligence” agencies are filled with retards.

It’s hopeless.

Time to drink while our Titanic sinks.

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Brigid May 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Drop them in Alvin Glenn.

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Brigid May 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Drop them in Alvin Glenn.

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9" May 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Guantanamo is no worse than America’s prisons.Guantanamo just gets more attention.

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9" May 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Guantanamo is no worse than America’s prisons.Guantanamo just gets more attention.

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