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Friday, November 04, 2005

Back to Gulag

Posted by: Hammer / 9:17 AM

Dick Durbin took a lot of flack this summer for this statement:

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings

Powerline quoted Jed Babbin at the American Spectator:

If you believe the Deanocrats and their media pals, we're holding people incommunicado, in a legal limbo, where innocents are beaten, starved, and tortured, that America is an international outlaw, that Gitmo is OBL's best recruiting tool, that we're violating the Geneva Conventions, and that all the Islamic fascisti would join with us to sing Kumbaya if only we closed Gitmo. Enough. You won't get your teens to read all three volumes of Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago. But you may, at least, be able to get them to read from here to the bottom of this article.

Importantly, Babbin isn't comfortable addressing the actual substance of the criticisms leveled against the Guantanamo and other camps. Instead, he has to make up specious claims which are easier to refute.

The actual claims that human rights groups are making are proving to be accurate, if current press accounts are correct. We are holding people incommunicado, in former Soviet prisons, in violation of the Geneva Conventions. The U.S. is not an international outlaw, but we are facing increasingly pointed questions from our oldest allies:

Pressure was growing on the US and its new allies in eastern Europe last night amid allegations that the CIA has been interrogating al-Qaida suspects at former Soviet camps in Poland and Romania. The Red Cross and the European commission intervened after Human Rights Watch claimed a covert system of jails was set up in eastern Europe after September 11.

Poland and Romania both deny that any "black camps" exist in their countries.

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