I find that I can still be surprised at how stupid our congress critters are and how sheepily people follow, banging pots and jumping on bandwagons.
Case in point, the new and improved problem of Guantanamo Detention Camp. We finally begin to admit that it’s wrong to detain people in off-shore prisons without some nod to due process. Some even admit that torture is indeed torture and that we shouldn’t oughta do it, even to non-christian foreigners and sympathizers. Even Cheney is having a difficult time defending torture without sounding as if he’s pouting.
So our new and slightly improved administration says NO to torture and announces we will shut down Guantanamo (the prison, not the song), and everybody who’s everybody, repubs and dems alike, start shouting in 2 part harmony, “Not in our backyard!”
Where the hell did they think we would transfer the prisoners–I mean, detainees? To a different off-shore prison where we can’t keep tabs on what the hell is going on with these terrifying people (can I call them people?)? And hey, what ever happened with those other secret, off-shore prisons anyway? Anybody? And exactly how is it dangerous to put these prisoners–er–detainees in some maximum security military prison? I mean really, this country knows how to imprison people. We do it all the time. We keep all sorts of people locked up for all sorts of scary reasons–shoplifting, pot smoking–we even imprison thieves, rapists, and murderers, whether they are guilty or not. We do it better and to more people per capita than any other country in the world, ever.
In our backyard is exactly where we want to imprison suspected (and maybe even real) terrorists. We want to keep our enemies very very close so that we can watch ’em and also watch those who are charged with their keep.
Yes, this one got me. Thought I’d seen all the stupid we had to offer, but damn, this stupid is over the top. When will my country grow up and stop embarrassing me?