Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Oddly, Mike, our domestic prison system doesn't make me feel all that safer either.

Mike Huckabee has put his thumb squarely on the issue I and much of the world has with Guantanamo Bay:

People who think that when you deprive someone of their liberty for reasons that are excused so casually as "erring on the side of protecting the American People."

The same exact thing was said about transporting people - not always felons - to Australia, or sending them to Devil's Island, or locking them in The Tower of London. Of course, the conditions in the Tower were quite luxuriously appointed, compared to prisons of the day. Or even compared to some homes.

But the key was, you couldn't leave and in many cases, nobody knew you were there.

It's bizarre to me that an American could possibly be confused on the ethics of this, that there is any significant issue here aside from the unjust deprivation of liberty.
clipped from www.foxnews.com
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. —  Detainees being held at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on suspicion of connections to terrorism enjoy conditions better than many prisons in the United States, Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee said Sunday.

While the government's handling of Guantanamo detainees has come to symbolize "what's gone wrong" in the fight against terrorism, the former Arkansas governor said, it's better to err on the side of protecting the American people.

"I can tell you most of our prisoners would love to be in a facility more like Guantanamo and less like the state prisons that people are in in the United States," Huckabee said on a cable news network.

"It's (Guantanamo) more symbolic than it is a substantive issue because people perceive of mistreatment when in fact there are extraordinary means being taken to make sure these detainees are being given really every consideration," he said.

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