Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Barack Obama Continues Proud US Tradition Of Torture At Gitmo

As with so many things, Barack Obama just can’t get it up for doing the right thing at Gitmo. And prisoners have suffered horribly, unnecessarily, because of Obama’s ineptitude. The fact is, Obama gave up on closing Gitmo, when Republicans convinced the American people that the torture den was the right place to keep “the terrorists”. Instead of fighting back agains that stupid, ignorant, view, Obama gave in. He claims now he will once again try to do something. Hopes are not high he will succeed.
Almost six years ago, Barack Obama said the following about his plan for the detainment and torture camps run by the US military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:

“[W]e’re going to close Guantanamo. And we're going to restore habeas corpus. ... We're going to lead by example—by not just word but by deed. That's our vision for the future.”

Maybe Barack Obama should have gotten his eyes checked.

Because this week, Obama, who failed to do either of the things he promised in San Antonio back in 2007, has ordered yet another round of torture of more than twenty of the remaining prisoners (euphemistically called “detainees”) at Gitmo.

In response to a hunger strike initiated by the majority of the remaining 166 prisoners, Obama ordered that forced feeding of hunger-strikers would be used, because Obama said, “I don’t want these individuals to die.”

According to the United Nations, and numerous medical associations, including the AMA, forced feeding of prisoners is a form of torture.

In response to the fact that once again, he is being widely criticized as a feckless leader (Maureen Dowd has already dismissed him and his presidency as "lame duck"), who cannot forge the political coalitions necessary to get things done in Washington D. C., Obama is claiming he will "go back at this", presumably meaning he will again attempt to close Gitmo.

As Commander-in-Chief, Obama has always had the power to close the camp and to relocate, or better yet release, the prisoners. The handful for which real evidence exists of terroristic activity should be tried in civilian courts. Instead, Obama wanted to "work with" Congress, the very same Congress that has repeatedly demonstrated its utter impotence to work at all—except when it's time for Congress to go to the airport.

The whole Gitmo experiment, the most visible and vile component of the US government’s scheme to employ 1984-style tactics, inside and outside the USA, in the “Global War on Terror”, now hangs around Obama’s neck like the albatross of a horrible idea that it always was.

So far, and once again, Barack Obama does not have the courage to do the right thing.

Democrats should be ashamed of him.

Americans should be outraged at him.

And yes, of course, the comicbook-villain Republicans should be despised even more, but that’s like hating the KKK. It’s a baseline. A Democratic Party president should be held to a much higher standard than whether he isn’t quite yet as loathsome as George W. Bush.

Instead, Obama recently helped Bush celebrate his legacy, one Obama now all too closely shares with dreadful Dubya.

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