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Brit Hume - Liar or Uninformed?

Reported by Priscilla - June 24, 2008 -

Last night's "Grapevine" had a piece, entitled "Deadly Decision," which reported that "a former member of Guantanamo Bay's military prosecution team agrees with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who says the decision to allow detainees the right to challenge their detention in civilian courts will lead to more dead Americans." Hume quoted Army Reserve Major, Kyndra Rotunda, who stated "We already know that 5 to 10 percent of those released end up back on the battlefield interfering with the mission in Iraq. With this ruling, we could end up with that tenfold." Not surprisingly, Ms. Rotunda said this during a book discussion at the right wing Heritage Foundation. Problem here is that what Ms. Rotunda is saying is just not true.

A new report, from Seton Hall University, debunks what has become a right wing myth. Regarding Scalia's claim, Professor Mark Denbeaux, director of the Seton Hall Law Center for Policy and Research stated, “As lawyers and judges we have an obligation to be careful with our facts. The notion that 30 detainees ‘returned to the battlefield’ was disproved a year ago. It is distressing that Justice Scalia in Boumediene was not more careful in such an important matter, especially since he was relying uncritically on information that originated with a party in the case before him.” He goes on to say that “A Supreme Court ruling that includes patently inaccurate information diminishes the Court’s credibility and tarnishes the international reputation of the highest court in the United States."

Comment: Aiding and abetting this "patently inaccurate information" is Fox News which, as a news source that perpetuates discredited right wing propaganda, has no credibility.

Note about Kyndra Rotunda - On the June 10th Grapevine, she was quoted as saying that that "Guantanamo detainees get more privileges than many Americans in U.S. prisons." (Of course they're in prison because they have charged and convicted under "due process"). She reiterated another rightwing myth of "Club Gitmo" when she added that it is a pleasant place (let's not talk about the suicides) where one inmate declined an offer of freedom because he was so comfortable there. (maybe she was talking to Jon Stewart's handpuppet, "Gitmo.") You just can't make this up - or can you?!