Tuesday on the Senate floor during a debate on the Energy Bill, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) said:
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.
As we posted back on December 23
, Democratic Sen. Jon Corzine and Reps. Robert Menendez and Rush Holt went to Guantanamo Bay to ask detainees directly about accusations of mistreatment by U.S. interrogators.
After returning home from the trip, the congressmen stated that they found the detainees to be treated in a humane fashion and the interrogation process to be absolutely professional.
The men called the trip "a very positive experience" and said they were thankful for the opportunity to meet with the guard members and express the state's appreciation for their efforts.
More than 600 New Jersey National Guard members are stationed at the base."They are in rather good morale, even though they obviously want to be home for Christmas. They are making serious sacrifices for all of us, and I let them know how much the people of New Jersey appreciate their efforts," Corzine said. More here.
Will Senator Corzine, Reps. Robert Menendez and Rush Holt demand an apology from Senator Durbin for besmirching the reputation of the United States, the American Armed Forces and the service men and women from New Jersey who have served at Guantanamo Bay?