Saturday, June 10, 2006

3 commit Suicide at Gitmo

3 prisoners hang selves at U.S. navy's Guantanamo camp

Now I'm sure that the right wing radio hosts will be searching diligently for people on the left who aren't sufficiently filled with glee over this new development. Okay ya got me. I just can't get up joyful blood lust over people hanging themselves with bedsheets.

After al-Zarqawi was killed, the right wing radio hosts were on the look out for people not showing sufficient excitement and glee over his death. Everyone should have been holding giant foam fingers over their heads canting "We're number one!" while smearing al-Zarqawi's blood on their face like demented fans at a high school football game.

And they truly went wild over Michael Berg's comments. (Audio interview from the Ed Schultz show. MP3 format 14 minutes.) They couldn't understand how anyone, especially someone who was actually personally impacted by al-Zarqawi violence, wouldn't want to whoop it up upon hearing of al-Zarqawi's death.

And if someone, like Richard Clarke, they guy who was RIGHT ABOUT WHO WAS BEHIND 9/11, points out a simple fact like despite his international infamy, Zarqawi controlled only one of 14 major insurgent groups. They really lose it.

"Zarqawi had several hundred foreign fighters out of somewhere between 20,000
and 40,000 insurgents," Clarke said.

Clarke conceded that al-Zarqawi's death will not hasten the end of the war in Iraq.

"Unfortunately for the loved ones of troops over in Iraq, this is not going to mean a big difference," said Clarke.

I DON'T WANT TO HEAR THAT! Please don't mess up my narrative fantasy. I do NOT want to read:

Car Bombings Continue
But any hopes the Jordanian-born terror leader's death would help stem the violence in Iraq were dimmed hours later when a car bomb exploded in a Baghdad market, killing 12 and wounding 65

So speaking about stuff people don't want to hear, who was/is in Gitmo and why? We have a little info about the men who hanged themselves. But here is a question for you: How many of these people who supposedly were there for being "enemy combatants" were released because they were incorrectly rounded up? Or they were of such low value they should have never gone there in the first place?

In a letter to Diane Feinstein Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Matthew Waxman reportedly wrote that, as of April 2005, "167 [Guantánamo] prisoners had been released and 67 had been transferred to the custody of other countries." The 167 detainees released were presumably found not to be terrorists, as in the cases of Abdul Rahim and Mamdouh Habib. Both men were captured in Pakistan following September 11, 2001. The U.S. later transferred them to Guantánamo, where they remained for more than two years, accused -- but never charged -- of involvement in terrorist activities. In 2005, the United States released them without charge.
-- Media Matters

I agree with Michael Hampton over at Homeland Stupidity:

Don’t mistake my position: anyone who is a terrorist actively engaged in plotting or executing a terrorist attack against us should be rounded up, held, and tried.

But some of these people DIDN'T belong there. We have hard numbers from Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Matthew Waxman that some where not a threat. I'm not making that up. We never hear about the ones released. What was the deal with them? We may never know. On purpose. And yes, I know that at least seven were found to be involved in terrorist related program activities after they were released, but it raises the question, were they a terrorist now BECAUSE of Gitmo?

It appears the three that hung themselves were terrorists. But the according to the number of people released and wrongly held, they could just as easily have been people who weren't terrorists and had fallen in to a despair so deep that suicide seemed like the only way out. And that's really nothing to cheer about.


kelley b. said...

Once again, facts have nothing to do with Rove's latest main$tream media blitzkriegs to bouy Dear Leader's polls.

And the Rethuglican Congress is getting restive. Every day that passes is one day closer to November and they can't Diebold everything. Even in the Reptilican stronghold on the west coast, they're having problems keeping the $election process under wraps.

3:51 AM  
Eli said...

I'm still absolutely stupefied by the notion that suicide constitutes an attack EVEN WHEN it's not designed to take out anyone else. What kind of deranged pretzel brain can even contain such an idea?

8:25 AM  
Interrobang said...

Eli -- Over at Digby's, olvlzl said, "They're going to kill themselves at us." I can't quite see how that would work. I somehow seriously doubt that the military person who said the suicides were calculated to draw negative attention was quite all there, either. Isn't committing suicide defeating the purpose of a black PR campaign?

10:11 PM  
Anonymous said...

yes, those non-US types will stop at nothing to lie and steal away our freedom...

"...Rear Admiral Harry Harris, said in a conference call.

``The detainees we have here are dangerous men, committed to killing
Americans on the battlefield," Harris said. ``They are smart. They are creative. They are committed. They have no regard for life -- either ours or their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but rather was an act of asymmetric warfare waged against us."

1:00 AM  

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