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Friday, June 17, 2005

Corzine, N.J. Congressmen Found No Abuse at Gitmo

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 and 26, 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?


At 9:25 AM, Anonymous NJCONS said...

Yes they should. One of the reasons that the Dems have lost the middle class is that they won't EVER citicize the cool-aid drinkers in their party

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

They should demand an apology from Durbin.
But they won't.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Eric Blair said...

The best part of this? NJ sent a battalion of National Guardsmen to Gitmo. There were there when Sentaor Corzine visited.

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Right of Center said...

We are having a lengthy and spirited debate over here at baristanet.com


At 2:29 PM, Anonymous USMC_Vet said...

NJ Readers:

Please contact EnlightenNJ or myself if you are interested in assisting in our efforts to convince Corzine, Holt and Menendez to speak out against Thick Durbin and his comments.

The trio has been notably silent, thought they claimed in December to hold a polar opposite view.

USMC_Vet's E-mail:


Please do not sit idly by and leave the work to others. We need all hands on deck.

If not you, then who?

At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Jim - PRS said...

I'm not holding my breath.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger DBK said...

Why should they play ball with manufactured outrage? The attempt to smear Dick Durbin and misinterpret his words as an attack on all the people in the service is political and wrong. Not that it would stop anyone from doing it.

This is exactly what I have been talking about, yet again, when I say that there is way too much gamesmanship and not nearly enough substance in politics. Instead of dealing with the issue that people have been held without even charging them with anything for years, in violation of the Constitution, on US soil by US agencies, and the fact that those people are being tortured, a bunch of people are genning up outrage over a word.

My response to which is, if you support the torture and the shredding of the Constitution, maybe you need to examine whether or not you are Nazis.

Stop playing political games and address a real issue. Are you supporting torture and the violation of Constitutionally guaranteed rights? Why aren't you all renouncing that instead of making demands for politicians to apologize for what other people say? It's the old USENET game of demanding apologies. It let's you run away from the real issues and look all self-righteous.

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