About Us


Contact Information


How You Can Make a Difference


Issues


Legislative Action Center


Links


Policy Information Center


Press
Releases


Religious Liberty


Send Me
More Information

 

 

 

Policy Communiqué

Senator Durbin's Anti-American Rhetoric Emboldens Terrorist — It is Time for Him To Resign

 Joel P. Rutkowski, Ph.D., President 
The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy  

Contents:

Terrorist Not Protected By The Geneva Conventions
Guantảnamo Bay
Time For Minority Whip Richard Durbin To Resign
End Notes

The Senate's number two Democrat, Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, recently compared the  United States (U.S.) military's treatment of suspected al Qaeda terrorists at the U.S. prison at Guantảnamo Bay with the regimes of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Pol Pot, three of history's most heinous dictators, whose regimes killed millions. (1)  

Reading an e-mail from an FBI agent, the Minority Whip castigated the American military's actions in a speech on the Senate floor on June 14, 2005, (To view Senator Durbin's speech from the Congression Record——Senate June 14, 2005, Visit Senator Durbin  .) the Senator said: (2)

“On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. ... On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime – Pol Pot or others – that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.”

The allegations are being investigated by the Justice department.  (3) The Pentagon has acknowledged that no prisoners have died at Guantảnamo, and there have been five instances of abuse or mishandling of the Koran.  

If one considers Senator Durbin's outageous claims, there is no comparison to the almost 9 million persons, including 6 million Jews, murdered in Hitler's death camps, 2.7 million persons in Stalin's gulags, and 1.7 million Cambodians in Pol Pot's scourge of his nation. (4)  

In a statement to The Washington Times on June 15, 2005, the Senator did not retract his characterization of  America's treatment of the prisoners in Guantảnamo and said, "No one, including the White House, can deny the statement I read on the Senate floor was made by an FBI agent describing the torture of a prisoner at Guantảnamo Bay.  That torture was reprehensible and totally inconsistent with the values we hold dear in America.  This administration should apologize to the American people for abandoning the Geneva Conventions and authorizing torture techniques that put our troops at risk and make Americans less secure." (5)

Back to the Top

Terrorist Not Protected By The Geneva Conventions

Democrats such as Senator Durbin, liberal Republicans, leftists, and the mainstream media continue to spread their lies and are using the ideology and strategy of German Propaganda Minister Joseph P. Goebbels prior to and and during the Second World War who said that “if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”  For example, according the Geneva Convention rules on prisoners, since the detainees are non-uniformed terrorists, they are not afforded its protection.  Furthermore, they would await release until the end of hostilities even if they did wear uniforms.  To date the war on terrorism has not ended.  Compared to other wars, these terrorists by far are receiving superior treatment to any other enemy of America in the past.

Back to the Top

Guantảnamo Bay

The detention facility in Guantảnamo Bay is a “model facility” in accordance with the Geneva Convention, and the U.S. spends $2.5 million annually to provide Muslim-approved food and distribute 1,300 Korans in 13 languages indicated General Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (6)  

A firsthand detail showing how restrained and sensitive to Islam to a fault the officials at Guantảnamo Bay have been is provided by Erik Saar, who served as an army sergeant at Guantảnamo Bay for six months and co-authored a negative tell-all book about his experience entitled Inside the Wire. (7)  

Saar reports, “to make it easier for the detainees to wash their feet" before Muslim prayer each detainee's cell has a sink installed low to the ground.  Five times daily speakers broadcast the Muslims' call to prayer.  And daily, detainees get in addition to a meal ready to eat (MRE), "two hot halal, or religiously correct, meals."

A prayer mat, cap and Koran are given every detainee.   A stenciled arrow pointing toward Mecca is in every cell. And stocked with Jihadi books is the Guantảnamo Bay  library.  Saar admits, “I was surprised that we'd be making that concession to the religious zealotry of the terrorists.  [It] seemed to me that the camp command was helping to facilitate the terrorists' religious devotion." One FBI special agent involved in interrogations even grew a beard like the detainees " as a sort of show of respect for their faith," notes Saar. (8)  

On the other hand, it was recently revealed by Pentagon investigators that just 10 charges of abuse were legitimate of the more than 28,000 interrogations that have taken place at Guantảnamo Bay.  Furthermore, regarding the “desecration” of the Koran, of the 20 instances, 15 were carried out by the prisoners, while the rest were inadvertent.  And either the individual has been reprimanded or reassigned of the U.S. personnel responsible for the five instances of “desecration.” (9) In fact, the Department of Defense has prepared a memo to provide guidance and set specific procedures for handling and inspecting of detainee's Korans (To view visit: Inspecting/Handling Detainee Korans Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) )  

Back to the Top

Time For Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin To Resign

According to Random House Webster's College Dictionary (10), sedition is the incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government; any action promoting such discontent or rebellion.  The actions and speech of Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois on the floor of the Senate and his comments to the media are just that.  The e-mail from an FBI agent are allegation's that currently are under investigation  by the Justice department.  The senator had no right to discuss the issue on the floor of the Senate until they were confirmed if at all.  The detention facility in Guantảnamo Bay is being used as a political issue to embarrass the Bush Administration so the Democrats can gain an advantage over Republicans that they have lost at the ballot box. The prisoners at the detention facility want to murder Americans.  The vast majority, if not all, of about 520 prisoners at Guantảnamo have been captured in the U.S war on terrorism. (11)In fact some of the prisoners that have been released returned to fight against the US. (12)  

Senator Durbin and his allies continue to underestimate the Islamofascist enemy.  For example, according to a training regime that administration officials say explains some of the charges of abuse at the Guantảnamo Bay Prison Camp is an al Qaeda handbook  that preaches to operatives to level charges of torture once captured. (13)

FBI documents from 2002 regarding accusations from suspected al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at the detention center were posted on The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) website in May.  The administration was forced to release scores of e-mails between FBI agents who had interviewed captives because the ACLU had won a court decision.  (14)  

At "GTMO," as the naval base in Cuba is called, U.S. Southern Command (which oversees the prison) is investigating interrogation techniques as well as the FBI-conveyed, unsubstantiated complaints. And a separate probe has begun by the U.S. Justice Department inspector general.   The most explosive charge so far— that guards flushed a Koran down a toilet -- is untrue said one investigator, Brigadier General Jay W. Hood, in May.  To conduct a probe into how Islam is treated at the prison in the aftermath of a since-retracted report by Newsweek on the Koran claim, General Hood was selected by the Pentagon.  

U.S. officials suspect that the Koran story—told by a detainee who did not see the purported event—might be part of an al Qaeda campaign to spread disinformation.  

White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters, "There have been allegations made by detainees. We know that members of al Qaeda are trained to mislead and to provide false reports. We know that's one of their tactics that they use. And so I think you have to keep that in mind.”  

British authorities seized al Qaeda's most extensive manual for how to wage war in a raid on an al Qaeda cell in Manchester, England.  

One mission,  on a directive lists “spreading rumors and writing statements that instigate people against the enemy." (15)  

Also, the manual states, if captured "At the beginning of the trial ... the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by state security before the judge. Complain of mistreatment while in prison."  (16)  

Commanders are instructed by the handbook to make sure operatives, or "brothers," understand what to say if captured.  The document says, “Prior to executing an operation, the commander should instruct his soldiers on what to say if they are captured.  He should explain that more than once in order to ensure that they have assimilated it. They should, in turn, explain it back to the commander."  

In February, in a Northern Virginia courtroom an example might have occurred.  Accused of planning to assassinate President Bush, Ahmed Omar Abul Ali, made an appearance in U.S. District Court and promptly told the judge that he had been tortured in Saudi Arabia, including a claim that his back had been whipped.  Accused of meeting there with a senior al Qaeda leader is Ahmed Omar Abul Ali.  

However, a U.S. attorney filed a court document days later saying physicians had examined Ali and "found no evidence of any physical mistreatment on the defendant's back or any other part of his body."  

Two Guantanamo commanders told spokesman for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Larry Di Rita that al Qaeda detainees are experts in circulating false charges among the more than 500 fighters captured in Afghanistan.  

Mr. Di Rita said, “There are elements within the detainee population that were very effective at getting other detainees agitated about the Koran by making allegations. They particularly focused on the practice of their faith and the Koran being kept from them. So people should not be surprised when detainees come out and make these kinds of allegations. It causes the reactions we've seen." (17)  

Spokesman Larry Di Rita added, “None of this is meant to excuse the situation we found when individuals were unfortunately abused at Abu Ghraib. That was wrong."

One Pentagon review of accusations of abuse at Guantảnamo has already occurred. A report in March by Vice Admiral Albert T. Church III, the Navy inspector general, found three substantiated closed cases of "minor" abuse in 24,000 interrogations -- one assault and two female guards' making sexually suggestive gestures to detainees.

Vice Admiral Church wrote, "It bears emphasis that the vast majority of detainees held by the U.S. in the global war on terror have been treated humanely and that the overwhelming majority of U.S. personnel have served honorably." (18)

Let's compare this to how the Islamofascist murdered on camera Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl;  and the gruesome beheading's of engineer Paul Johnson ( Warning Graphic Video!!!: View an edited version of the video here .) , Nicholas Berg ( Warning Graphic Video!!!: View an edited version of the  video here) and Eugene Armstrong (Warning Graphic Video!!!: View an edited version of the video here .)  Where were the Democrats in Congress and their allies condemning these inhuman action? They were silent.  As America is engaged in a war against terror the Democrats, the mainstream media, and liberal Republicans continue to act as a fifth column covertly working in the name of human rights and American values as they undermine the strength of this nation. Minority Whip Richard Durbin's actions are inexcusable and calls for apologizes by Republicans are not enough.  Such actions by the Democarts in Congress only put America's brave soldiers' lives fighting the war on terrorism at risk.  America's enemies are emboldened and energized by the division created by these individuals. As a result of many of these individuals' actions, America is at risk of losing the war in Iraq, Afghanstan, as well as the war on terror.  What Senator Durbin foolishly does not believe that if the Islamofascist had the option of treating Americans such as him like the military is treating prisoners in Guantảnamo or for example Paul Johnson they would always select the latter.  Americans across this nation should hold Senator Durbin accountable for his actions because his fellow senators will not.  Citizens should demand for him to resign as a U.S. Senator.  For if this Democratic lead anti-American rhetoric continues for much longer, there is no hope for this nation to win the war on terror.  It is time for the Democrats to do as Republicans did during World War II.  Although they loathed President Franklin D. Roosevelt when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, they put aside politics and rallied behind the President and supported the war because they knew if they did not, America would not have much hope to win the war.  

Back to the Top

End Notes  

  1. Rowan Scarborough, “Gitmo called death camp,” The Washington Times, June 16, 2005.
  2. Democrat senator: U.S. troops 'Nazis,'” WorldNetDaily.com., June 15, 2005.
  3. Rowan Scarborough, “Gitmo called death camp,” The Washington Times, June 16, 2005.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Audrey Hudson, “General slams Amnesty report, The Washington Times,” May 30, 2005.
  7. Michelle Malkin, “The truth about Guantảnamo Bay, “ Townhall.com, June 1, 2005.
  8. Ibid.
  9. “Amnesty's incredible credibility,” The Washington Times, June 7, 2005.
  10. Random House Webster's College Dictionary, Random House New York, 1999.
  11. Dennis Prager, “Amnesty International and moral idiocy,” Townhall.com, June 7, 2005.
  12. “U.S.: Gitmo prisoners return to fight,” The Associated Press, June 15, 2005.
  13. Rowan Scarborough, “Captives told to claim torture,” The Washington Times, May 31, 2005.
  14. Ibid.
  15. Ibid.
  16. Ibid.
  17. Ibid.
  18. Ibid.

  Back to the Top  

Back to the American Voice Institute of Public Policy Home Page