Watch this video. It provides extracts from candidate Obama’s campaign speeches.
He never closed Guantánamo’s prison. I don’t think he ever intended to. It was great for a campaign talking point. It was dropped down the memory hole.
Democrats of course gave him a free ride on this. He was their man, the way Bush II was the Republicans’ man.
Conservatives have also given him a free ride on this. Why? Because they love the Guantánamo prison camp. Deep down in their neocon hearts, they love the whole idea of an American prison camp. It was Bush’s idea, or Rove’s idea, or some Republican’s idea. It would be a crime against the Global War on Terror to close the place.
Obama just sent five Gitmo prisoners back to Afghanistan in exchange for an American soldier who may have deserted. Drudge fills the page with stories.
Obama is at long last pulling troops out of Afghanistan, yet he is still holding prisoners captured in Afghanistan, who were never given a trial.
If the war is over, shouldn’t we close Guantánamo? “Never,” Republicans say. “This is a great way to spend our tax dollars. This is America’s version of Castro’s concentration camps in Cuba. We deserve one, too!”
Cuba! Concentration Camps R Us!
We can see just how worried the Right is regarding the possibility of similar camps in the USA for Americans. The government could activate them tomorrow, and most conservatives would accept them without protesting if the government used the phrase “suspected members of al-Qaeda sleeper cells.”
Senator Lindsey Graham would make the Sunday morning news interview shows, defending the camps. “We need to protect America from her enemies.”
If “Gitmo, USA” ever comes, there will be no organized mass protests. If there are, the government will arrest a few leaders and stick them in a special camp for “suspected collaborators of the Global War on Terror.” That will end the protests.
You show your defense of Constitutional liberties when you insist that they be applied to your political opponents. You think this: “There, but for the grace of the Department of Homeland Security, go I.”
This is not what conservatives think. “Lock ’em up, and throw away the key!”
They ignore Pastor Martin Niemöller’s warning regarding his years in Nazi Germany.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.