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Napolitano Says Gitmo Finest Prison He's Ever Seen

Reported by Donna - June 26, 2006 -

On Studio B with Shepard Smith today he spoke with Senior Legal Analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, about a case the Supreme Court is going to rule on this week regarding the status of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Before talking about the case Napolitano said he had just been down for a visit and that GITMO was the finest prison in terms of "quality, cleansliness, how prisoners were treated and high tech equipment." He also said he spoke with GITMO interrogators and "he was satisfied" that these people, well most of them, should be there. He said he couldn't say they were all bad but a lot were trained killers. (Comment: He was able to determine this by just talking to interrogators during a short visit?)

What the Supreme Court is going to rule on is whether these prisoners should get a military tribunal or plead their cases at a federal courthouse.

Napolitano thinks that it would be a logistical nightmare if it were to be decided that they could all have Federal trials. He said they would then file so that they could appear in person and this would get them out of GITMO. Napolitano also said that when he was down at GITMO he was told that the government does not have verifiable evidence on about 2/3 of the prisoners so they wouldn't be able to prosecute them. Because of this Napolitano said the president wanted to change the rules of evidence and then try them.

Napolitano said that would be unconstitutional. Napolitano also thinks that the president is going to lose this case and there won't be military tribunals, there will be federal trials. The decision is expected this week.

Comments: Isn't it nice at GITMO? It's the finest prison Napolitano has ever seen. It's great in quality, cleansliness and how the prisoners are treated, although I thought that visitors who went down to GITMO weren't allowed to see the prisoners without guards being present? So, how could you determine how prisoners were treated unless you got to speak with them one on one?

I love how casually Napolitano said that the president wanted to change the rules of evidence and then try them! Over and over again this president wants to change the laws to fit his way of conducting business. I'm sorry but that's not how our country works. Remember the constitution?

The truth that came out in this segment was that Napolitano was told that there isn't enough evidence to convict about 2/3 of the GITMO prisoners. The incompetency that is the Bush Administration has had plenty of time to accumulate evidence. If after more than 4 years you have not accumulated enough evidence, shouldn't it be time to try these people?