Thursday, April 20, 2006

Kline 'Off Base' On Gitmo

How does John Kline sleep at night given his lockstep support of the Bu$hCo policies at Gitmo?

John Kline's statement that Guantanamo Bay was no Abu Ghraib after his VIP 6 hour tour of the US prison was just more Kline 'rubber stamping' Bu$hCo. While Kline acknowledged that a congressional delegation was unlikely to witness mistreatment of prisoners, he said the level of supervision would not permit abuse. Now that a federal investigation looming, looks like Kline was a tad 'off based'!

"A Leading international human rights group is calling for the Bush administration to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged involvement of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other senior Pentagon officials in the torture of a prisoner at Guanatanamo Bay some three years ago."

Wait there's more....

A top Red Cross official has broken with tradition by publicly attacking conditions at the US military base on Cuba where al-Qaeda suspects are being held. Christophe Girod - the senior Red Cross official in Washington - said it was unacceptable that the 600 detainees should be held indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay without legal safeguards.

Mr Girod said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was making the unusually blunt public statement because of a lack of action after previous private contacts with American officials.

Also- on the heels of Kline's visit in 2005, there's another 'no bid' contract awared to Halliburton to build in Gitmo! (see a pattern emerging here?)

A Halliburton Co. unit will build a new $30 million detention facility and security fence at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the United States is holding about 520 foreign terrorism suspects, the Defense Department announced on Thursday.
The prison was called "the gulag of our times" in a recent Amnesty International report. Under the deal with the Norfolk, Virginia-based U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, the work is to be wrapped up by July 2006. It is part of a larger contract that could be worth up to $500 million if all options are exercised, the Defense Department said.

Is it any wonder that all of Bu$hCo (including Kline) have no credibility left? Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame...

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