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Monday, June 13, 2005

Cheney Hearts Guantanamo



Dick Cheney appears untroubled by the torture scandal. He said he was "offended" by Amnesty International's use of the term gulag, but he wasn't evidently offended by the practices that Amnesty was highlighting: the beatings, the hanging of people up by the ceiling, the sexual humiliation, the anal probes, or the forcing of detainees to lie in their own waste. And so he's in no hurry to shut Guantanamo down, despite the stain, perhaps indelible, that it's leaving on the U.S. reputation.
"Given the nature of the conflict that we're involved in, there would need to be some kind of a facility that would allow you to detain people who are enemy combatants," Cheney said in a question-and-answer session at a journalism awards ceremony.

In fact, he said, "if we didn't have that facility at Guantanamo to undertake this activity, we'd have to have it someplace else, because they're a vital source of intelligence information."
We can only hope that justice will some how prevail, with these shameful human beings removed from public office in shackles, and sent off to their own prison camps.

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