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Friday, June 22

Guantánamo to close?

The AP reports that the Bushistas may be nearing a decision to close Guantánamo and move the "terror" suspects to other prisons like Fort Leavenworth in Kansas where they may face trial.
Officials familiar with the agenda of the Friday meeting said Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Peter Pace were expected to attend.

It was not immediately clear if the meeting would result in a final recommendation to Bush.
What the hell does that mean? And if Cheney is there, can you imagine him being concerned about Geneva Conventions and the US Constitution, let alone any human beings other than himself and his cronies?

Candy linked to this article in Vanity Fair recently and if you haven't read it, Taking on Guantánamo, it's compelling and it sends chills up your spine because of what is being done in our name.

The whole purpose of setting up Guantánamo Bay is for torture. Why do this? Because you want to escape the rule of law. There is only one thing that you want to escape the rule of law to do, and that is to question people coercively—what some people call torture. Guantánamo and the military commissions are implements for breaking the law. Why build a prison here when there are plenty of prisons in Nebraska? Why is it, when we see photos of Abu Ghraib, we think that it is "exporting Guantánamo"? That it is the "Guantánamo method"? —Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift to the author, January 2007.
It's immoral to pay taxes to a government that tortures people. How the fuck dare they? It's against my religion- whatever that is. I can't seem to find a religion that is sufficiently outraged.

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