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Guantanamo Bay Soldiers Tortured and Carter is at to Blame!

Reported by Nancy - June 23, 2005 -

Yesterday (6/22) on Dayside, Linda Vester hosted Congressman Lou Gohmert (R-TX) and Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CO) to discuss Senator Durbin's apology for the remarks he made recently about Guantanamo Bay.

During the interview, Vester stated:  "I'm going to put you both on the spot, this is really for both of you because I got this from a soldier that served at Gitmo and I have been able to substantiate it with others who are currently there. Here's an e-mail that I think is awfully eye-opening. 'I am a soldier from New Jersey who served in Guantanamo Bay from April 2004 to April 2005. I was a witness to the exceptional treatment these prisoners received. They received constant medical care, food, [and] Islamic religious items. I also noticed how these prisoners treated us soldiers and caregivers. They cursed, spit, threw fecal matter and semen on us. They also verbally threatened and physically assaulted us. They degraded America, disrespected our beliefs. They treated female personnel with disrespect, calling them pigs, sluts, and whores. And we are trained to sit and take it all in. When politicians come [to visit] they say hello and take a tour and then they are back on a jet to go home. Soliders go to work inside the wire one day and come out with broken arms. Red Cross workers also have been assaulted. Why don't the politicians ask THOSE questions?"

Comment: Once again, Vester and Fox have decided to make the soldiers at Guantanamo Bay (just as they did with Abu Ghraib) the ones that are being subjected to torture. Not once did Vester mention the allegations of our soldiers abusing the detainees, and spun it around to portray the detainees as the actual torturers. It is interesting to note that the charges the soldier makes are the same as those the detainees and the Red Cross, Amnesty International, etc. have made concerning the US's treatment of the detainees themselves. In order to divert the viewer's attention from the allegations of torture, Fox turns the table and portrays the soldiers as the ones that are bearing the brunt of the torture, in order to evoke sentiment for the soldiers and to mask the outrage of what the US is doing in this prison camp.

Gohmert responded: "Well, I think it's a great point, that's exactly the problem, and to say that our guys are Nazis is just outrageous. I understand former President Carter, maybe one of the most honorable men to become president, he says we need to close Guantanamo Bay, President Clinton says the same thing. I was in the Army at Fort Benning when Carter was President and if he had been half as concerned about our hostages in 1979 as he's showing outward concern for these terrorists that want to hurt and kill and destroy our way of life, I don't believe we'd be having the problems we are today."

Comment: Gohmert does not actually respond to the question posed by Vester and turns the discussion to the oppositions point of view, that of closing Guantanamo Bay. He simply names two liberals that are in favor of closing the prison to give the impression that the call for closure is only that of the Democratic party, and does not mention that the issue is becoming a bipartisan one, with Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) also calling for closure of the prison. Gohmert continues by questioning Carter's concern for the terrorists, and blaming the current state of affairs squarely on Carter's shoulders. The connection is a far-fetched one, as Carter attempted to do all that he could in order to rescue the hostages in 1979. This hostage situation referred to was not the last the United States and Iran has been involved in. In 1985 President Reagan had to deal with a hostage crisis in Lebanon, and rather than following in Carter's footsteps of not negotiating, Reagan instead decided to sell arms to the Iranians in order to bring the hostages home. Reagan then allowed Iraq to receive $5 billion in unreported loans and, with the US's blessing, to use the funds to purchase "computers, scientific instruments, special alloy steel and aluminum, chemicals, and other industrial goods for Iraq's missile, chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs." Then in October 1983 "the Reagan Administration begins secretly allowing Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Egypt to transfer United States weapons, including Howitzers, Huey helicopters, and bombs to Iraq. These shipments violated the Arms Export Control Act". From the history books, it appears that Carter's inability to rescue the hostages had far less impact on the current state of affairs than the Republican President that gave Saddam and the Iraqis the weapons used to fight us today, as well as the chemical weapons he used to gas his own people. With no comment from Vester, and loud cheering from the audience, the facts were once again distorted, and a blatant lie was portrayed as truth.

Reported by Janie