I remember the media circus around Colin Powell possibly running for president and what party he would choose. The media built him up as the non-partisan military man of honor who was going to save us. What a joke. He disgraced himself with his lying Iraq war sales pitch but now he’s back actually speaking some truth.
If it was up to me I would close Guantanamo, not tomorrow, but this afternoon. Close it. And I would not let any of those people go. I would simply move them to the United States and put them into our federal legal system. The concern is well, then they’ll have access to lawyers. Then they’ll have access to writs of habeas corpus. So what. Let them. Isn’t that what our system is all about. And by the way America, unfortunately, has two million people in jail, all of whom had lawyers and access to writs of habeas corpus.
In other words, the federal prison system is just as rigged as any military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, so moving the detainees there will end in convictions just as surely. Notice how he starts off sounding like the great civil libertarian and ends up awkwardly admitting how screwed up the federal injustice system is without any more criticism than a muffled ‘unfortunately’. I wonder if he has watched the PBS documentary “Torturing Democracy”? I wonder if he knows what it feels like to go through the federal incarceration system for a victimless crime or on trumped up charges.