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Senator Biden wants to close Quantanamo Bay Cuba prison camp

Posted June 06, 2005 by YoungCuban in Cuba Politics.
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A leading Senate Democrat said Sunday the United States needs to move toward shutting down the military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“This has become the greatest propaganda tool that exists for recruiting of terrorists around the world. And it is unnecessary to be in that position,” said Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.

A Pentagon report released Friday detailed incidents in which U.S. guards at Guantanamo desecrated the Quran. Last month, Amnesty International called the detention center for alleged terrorists “the gulag of our time,” a charge Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld dismissed as “reprehensible.”

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, GOP Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, plans hearings this month on the treatment of foreign terrorism suspects at the prison camp.

Biden, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, proposed that an independent commission take a look at Guantanamo and make recommendations.

“But the end result is, I think we should end up shutting it down, moving those prisoners,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”

“Those that we have reason to keep, keep. And those we don’t, let go.”

He added, “I think more Americans are in jeopardy as a consequence of the perception that exists worldwide with its existence than if there were no Gitmo.”

There are about 540 detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Some have been there more than three years without being charged with a crime. Most were captured on the battlefields of Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002 and were sent to Guantanamo Bay in hope of extracting useful intelligence about the al-Qaida terrorist network.

William Schulz, director of Amnesty International USA, defended the group’s earlier characterization of Guantanamo Bay and other U.S. detention facilities as gulags, but acknowledged that “this is not an exact or a literal analogy.”

He said there are differences, particularly in size and scope, between what goes on at U.S. prisons and those run by the former Soviet Union.

“But there are some similarities,” he insisted on “Fox News Sunday.” “The United States is maintaining an archipelago of prisons around the world, many of them secret prisons into which people are being literally disappeared - held in indefinite incommunicado detention without access to lawyers or a judicial system or to their families. And in some cases, at least, we know that they are being mistreated, abused, tortured and even killed.

“And those are similar at least in character if not in size to what happened in the gulag and in many other prison systems in world history.”

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On June 06, 2005, bernie wrote:

If joe biden had any balls as a leader, he would have
added to his press release: “LETS JUST GIVE THE WHOLE
GUANTANAMO BASE BACK TO CUBA” and get out of CUBA,
lock stock and barrel, give the base as is to FIDEL.

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On June 08, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

No US rep has any balls,thats why the situation in Cuba is the way it is,to many balless wonders in Washington doing nothing but screaming things that will never happen,one end yells embargo to get votes,the other yells “lift restrictions” for what?

To get votes!

Cubans have been used as voting puppets for over four decades and what’ even sadder,they dont want to real;ize it!

I wish a woman would be in charge,perhaps all emabargoes across the globe would be lifted?

Not to mention women have no balls,but they have more guts then most of the men in Washington.

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On June 08, 2005, Dana Garrett wrote:

Bernie, you are correct.  I live in DE.  Biden is simply positioning himself to run for prez.  Closing Gitmo undoubtedfly polls well.  Besides, since Biden supported the Iraq war, he needs to find ways to distinguish himself from the repubs on the war.  Gitmo is a candidate.

But notice this.  Notice what Biden voted for.  It’ clear he is postioning himself for votes in south Florida.

TV TO CUBA

Senators on April 6 voted, 65-35, to provide about $20 million in S 600 (above) for TV Marti, a U.S. government station that sends broadcasts to Cuba. Critics note that 16-year-old TV Marti is constantly jammed. But supporters say some transmissions from flights over international waters get through to viewers.

A yes vote was to fund TV Marti.

VOTING YES: Biden, Sarbanes Lautenberg, Spector, Santorum.
VOTING NO: Carper, Mikulski, Corzine.

http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2005/04/11votesincongress.html

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On June 08, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

ATLANTA (June 8) - Former President Carter on Tuesday called for the United States to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison to demonstrate its commitment to human rights.

‘‘The U.S. continues to suffer terrible embarrassment and a blow to our reputation ... because of reports concerning abuses of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo,’’ Carter said after a two-day human rights conference at his Atlanta center.

Such reports have surfaced despite President Bush’ ‘‘bold reminder that America is determined to promote freedom and democracy around the world,’’ Carter said.

About 540 detainees are being held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Some have been there more than three years without being charged with a crime. Most were captured on the battlefields of Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002 and were sent to Guantanamo Bay in hope of extracting useful intelligence about the al-Qaida terrorist network.

Carter said the United States needs to make sure no detainees are held incommunicado and that all are told the charges against them.

Despite his criticism of Guantanamo Bay, Carter said Amnesty International should not have called the prison ‘‘the gulag of our time’’ in a report last month. President Bush has termed the report by the human-rights group ‘‘absurd.’‘

Carter said the alleged abuses at Guantanamo Bay could never compare with the forced labor camps operated by the former Soviet Union.

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On June 09, 2005, waldo wrote:

I AGREE, IT IS ALL HYPOCRITICAL DECEIVING POLITICS. If they realy want to do something right, honorable and permanent, they would call for returning the base to the Cubans which in great majority and for decades have been wanting the Yankees out and the terrirory in Guantanamo back to where it belongs, TO CUBA’ SOVEREIGNTY.