Wednesday, June 22, 2005

More Rumsfeld on Durbin

From Rumsfeld Interview with David Kelso, KOKC-AM/KRXO-FM, Oklahoma City, Okla

Visits by 400 journalists to Gitmo, full access by International Red Cross 24 hours a day, how many Journalists visit Cook County Jail? Durbin needs to get down there, and he might want to swing by Cook County while he's at it.
KELSO: Sir, I couldn't agree with you more.

Now with any luck, moving on to a different subject here, I'm going to be able to go to Guantanamo Bay and see Camp Delta and that. I've read that Camp Delta is probably the most open prison around. Foreign leaders are able to see their people, the press, the House, the Senate, me, even Dick Durbin is allowed to go down and see for himself what's going on.

RUMSFELD: [Laughing].

KELSO: In light of this openness, how do you personally handle comments like Nazi and Pol Pot and concentration camp?

RUMSFELD: Well, I think that fellow's going to have to live with those words for the rest of his life and I don't envy him.

The thing I would say is that you're quite right. A great many members of the House and Senate have been down there. I think something like 77 members of the House and the Senate, something well in excess of 100 staff members. There have been any number of foreign diplomats who have gone down to meet and interview the nationals from their countries. There have been hundreds of people from the press that have gone down there, all kinds. It is a very transparent situation. Something like media, 400 visits by a thousand national and international journalists. The International Committee of the Red Cross has full access in there, any time of the day or night, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I am really struck by the -- I was going to say the apparent lack of knowledge or the ignorance that people are reflecting in their comments about Guantanamo Bay.

It is a --- people can disagree legitimately with the idea that these are people who have not had Article 3 of our Constitution process, and they've not been processed through the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and for good reason. These are not prisoners of war in the normal sense that you just want to take them off the battlefield. These are terrorists. This is the 20th hijacker down there. These are suicide bombers, bodyguards for Osama bin Laden, people who have been providing important information that has enabled us to stop additional attacks. And it seems to me that if you've got trainers and financiers and bomb-makers and recruiters and facilitators, that the goal is to keep them off the battlefield so they don't go out and kill more innocent men, women and children in the United States, and that's what's being done.

Furthermore, a great deal of information is being gleaned from them through perfectly proper humane interrogation procedures.

1 comment:

Kiyoshi Martinez said...

Over 400 journalists have been to Gitmo? Where's the stories? Where's the defense of Gitmo?

Maybe there's no story because either:
1.) The govt. cleans up and sanitizes.
2.) There really is no problem.

Guess which ones the media chooses to side with?