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Foreign Policy on Hannity & Colmes: It's All About Natalee Holloway and Aruba

Reported by Ellen - August 17, 2005

There's plenty going on in the world worth talking about: Iraq's political leaders have been unable to meet their deadline to draft a Constitution, the expectations for what can be accomplished there are reported to be downshifting, British investigators have been unable to link the London attacks to a terror network, and Iran continues to forge ahead with its nuclear plans in defiance of the United States. But on last night's Hannity & Colmes, as happens nearly every night, the only foreign country worth discussing was Aruba and whether or not it is properly prosecuting the Natalee Holloway suspects.

Even Sean Hannity's special report from the Mexican border was focused on US events only - the Minutemen, immigration policies, etc. and virtually ignored the role of Mexico. But the criminal justice system in Aruba is worthy of endless consideration.

Natalee Holloway's uncle, Paul Reynolds, was on hand along with Arthur Wood, a former Secret Service agent "in Aruba searching for clues in the investigation." Was he engaged by the Holloway family? A volunteer? Nobody said.

Hannity started out by demanding to know "why are these (suspects) not in prison?"

Reynolds, who seems to have no criminal or international expertise, said, "They certainly should be... They need to have all of them in there."

Wood reported that "We want to pressure the Aruban government" to take over "the landfill operation" which was suspended because of lack of manpower or money. He went on to criticize the "15 lawyers" who "were making hay and gloating" about a gardener being unable to identify one of the suspects in court yesterday. "But let me tell you something... the fact that that car was in that field at 3 AM makes (the suspects) all liars one more time."

Alan Colmes also seemed eager to make sure the suspects were convicted when he asked "Were WE (my emphasis) able to destroy the (suspect's) timeline as (they) had presented it to the authorities? ...Could they bring them in for obstruction of justice at this point?"

Wood: "Listen, those boys need to be re-arrested... The police know it. The Aruban authorities know it. Let's get these kids back in jail where these interrogators can break 'em."

Obviously, the only just solution is to kidnap these suspects and render them to Guantanamo Bay.

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