Thursday, June 16, 2005
Dick Durbin Compares Troops to Nazis
I compare him to an ass.....
BY JAMES TARANTO Wednesday, June 15, 2005 4:11 p.m. EDT
Durbin Supports the TroopsSen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, took the Senate floor yesterday and likened American servicemen to Nazis (link in PDF):
When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here [at Guantanamo Bay]--I almost hesitate to put them in the [Congressional] Record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:
On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. . . . On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.
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. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.
We are fighting an enemy that murdered 3,000 innocent people on American soil 3 1/2 years ago and would murder millions more if given the chance--and according to Dick Durbin, our soldiers are the Nazis.
I am not there and have not been involved in the interrogation of Enemy Combatants held at military detention facilities, so I will not engage in Monday Morning Quarterbacking of how we handle our detainees. I will say, however, that compared to what the Nazis, the Vietnamese, the Japanese, and the Insurgents in Iraq treated their prisoners, we show incredible restraint and respect for our prisoners. Remember, in the hours leading up to their capture, these people were trying to kill our soldiers. They know who their leaders are, and where they hide. Using techniques to extract that information is keeping our soldiers alive. Let's not forget that. I don't know what else to do, sit down and have tea during interrogation? What is being done to detainees is designed to make them feel uncomfortable to get them to talk. But don't call it torture, and certainly don't compare our methods to those of the Nazis. Last time I checked, there are no ovens at our detention centers with corpses stacked in them.