A friend of mine and I were talking about horrible claims of abuse by our soldiers in prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Gitmo has been source of many complaints over way we have been treating those captured waging a war against United States. And as my friend and I discussed abuse of our “guests” we realized that we were only willing to support certain things in name of preserving liberty.
We could ignore complaints about prisoners being required to stay in stress positions and strain they may endure if they are not co-operative. We could forgive horrific acts of forcing them to strip down to their birthday suits in name of getting information. We didn’t find anything wrong with puppet shows satirizing terrorists. We sloughed off complaints about desecration of Koran especially when it came to light that more prisoners abused so-called Holy Book than guards did. Heck and when claim was of women guards invading “personal space” of these terrorists we said nothing because I know people that would pay good money to have women invade their own “personal space”. And when it came to not letting these prisoners go to bathroom until they talked and making them go tinkle in their shorts we said “So what!” But I personally came close to calling for it all to end when it was revealed that guards, in an unmatched act of cruelty not seen since Holocaust, exposed prisoners to music of Christina Aguilera. I’m sorry, but that is just plain cruel! But I did manage put my outrage aside and looked other way because I knew there was a greater good being served.
But now I have come across new evidence of abuse that I can no longer overlook. And that is why today, I come before everyone to say that it is time to close Gitmo and try our men and women for war crimes. You ask what is it that has made me change my tune? What abuse could be so horrific?
The abuse I speak of is jetlag! Yes, you heard me correctly -- jetlag. We have taken these prisoners from across globe and flown them hours and hours to a remote facility and screwed up their internal clocks! OH THE HUMANITY!
Now, I know some of you are thinking “What? Come on!” No, not even because of this punishment, cruel as it is, should I have changed my position on our treatment of those that are waging a war against America!
Please, I have given this matter a lot of thought. And no matter what you might believe, you must look into your soul and know that this abuse of prisoners has gone way too far. And as Senator Arlen Specter is convening hearings about whether or not to shut prison down, I say WE MUST! We must in name of all that is good and JUST!