The Closing of Gitmo

In one of his first acts as president, Obama has signed an executive order closing the prison at Guatanamo Bay within a year. And now the question everyone on the Right has been asking (for a while): Where will the prisoners go? Well — to their own countries probably. Or here, to await federal trial (sigh). Maybe they will all go to  live with John Murtha — to stimulate western Pennsylvania(??).  And how.

Liberals (such as, say, Andrew Sullivan) argue that closing Gitmo and the secret CIA prisons, and banning “harsh interrogation technigues”, is necessary because they symbolize torture. From the AP:

Obama said he was signaling that the U.S. would confront global violence without sacrificing “our values and our ideals.”

How long will we have values and ideals if we are not willing to make tough decisions to get information from terrorists to prevent the slaughter of innocents?

It’s hard to say this, because we are all human, and we do not want to have to interrogate ANYONE harshly, and the thought is more than distressing. But we did NOT choose this war. We did NOT. The thought of another 9/11 is more distressing than the idea that someone caught as an ILLEGAL combatant in Afghanistan or Iraq might think he’s drowning, or might not have habeas corpus, or might have to stand for 4 hours.

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