Saturday, June 25, 2005

Guantanamo Doomed As Source of Terrorist Intelligence

Politicians arrive to "protect detainees' rights"
These are the people Karl Rove warned us about. From the Associated Press:
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - Progress has been made to improve conditions and protect detainees' rights at the U.S. prison for suspected terrorists, House Republicans and Democrats, including one who has advocated closing the facility, said Saturday.

The U.S. lawmakers witnessed interrogations, toured cell blocks and ate the same lunch given to detainees on the first congressional visit to the prison for suspected terrorists since criticism of it intensified in the spring.

"The Guantanamo we saw today is not the Guantanamo we heard about a few years ago," said Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif.

Still, lawmakers from both parties agree more still must be done to ensure an adequate legal process is in place to handle detainee cases. In the meantime, said Rep. Joe Schwarz, R-Mich., "I think they're doing the best they can to define due process here."

Republicans and Democrats alike fear the prison at the U.S. Navy base in eastern Cuba is hurting the United States' image because of claims that interrogators have abused and tortured inmates. The White House and Pentagon say conditions are humane and detainees are well-treated.
Great, now we have buffoons from Congress micro-managing interrogations at Gitmo and grandstanding for their lunatic fringe constituents at home. We can forget about gaining any useful intelligence from the detainees now. Remember this the next time we suffer a terrorist attack.