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Traditionalist O'Reilly Laments Changes At Gitmo

Reported by Deborah - July 25, 2007 -

During a discussion about the value of Guantanamo with Walid Phares tonight, 7/25/07, O'Reilly complaining about the new interrogation rules said , " You can't even play loud music anymore." He then declared with authority that most of the prisoners in Gitmo were " caught on the battlefield in Afganistan" and none of them are innocent.

Walid Phares agreed that everyone there is indoctrinated and trained to endure the harsh interrogations and confinements. O'Reilly, however, was more interested in demonizing the critics of Guantanamo, Democrats of course, who have called for reform and closing of the facility. He asked Phares in disgust, " What is the mentality of the people who feel sorry for them."

Last night one of the victims of the Body Language segment was John Mellencamp who claimed he didn't believe in war and quoted the Golden Rule to explain his philosophy. O'Reilly, who claims to be a Christian, called Mellencamp's statement "stupid".

According to a statistical report by Seton Hall Law Professor, Mark Denbeaux, 55% of the detainees have not been accused of hostile acts against the United States. O'Reilly's allegation that most of the prisoners " caught on the battlefield in Afganistan is untrue according to the report which states:

"Only 5% of the detainees were captured by United States forces. 86% of the detainees were arrested by either Pakistan or the Northern Alliance and turned over to United States custody. This 86% of the detainees captured by Pakistan or the Northern Alliance were handed over to the United States at a time in which the United States offered large bounties for capture of suspected enemies"

Here is a very interesting BBC interview wth a detainee in Gitmo who claims to be one of the people turned over by Pakistan for a bounty and then sent to Gitmo. It's a bit long but worth the time.

comment: Bill O'Reilly asked what sort of mentality would feel sorry for the people at Guantanamo? I'd like to know what sort of mentality can claim to be a Christian and not understand that once we lose our sense of decency and humanity, we've lost everything.