Friday, May 22, 2009

The subconscious logic of the Senate Gitmo vote

Okay so Senate Democrats did something seemingly crazy this week. After years of railing against the illegal U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay Cuba -- they voted to withhold the funding necessary to close Guantanamo (aka Gitmo).

But on closer examination, I'm not sure it's all that crazy. I think their (subconscious) calculus goes something like this:

1. Many of the prisoners at Gitmo are actually innocent -- swept up in the panicked raids after 9/11.

2. Innocent prisoners if given a fair trial, will likely go free for lack of evidence.

3. In many cases they can't go back to their home countries -- because they would be tortured or killed there.

4. So it's conceivable that a U.S. court might be willing to grant asylum in the U.S. to innocent Gitmo prisoners.

5. But because we tortured the hell out of them at Gitmo -- once free they actually could become terrorists now (for the first time) in retaliation for what we did to them. After being illegally imprisoned and tortured for 7 or 8 years, what would you do?

Hence the seemly crazy statement, "we don't want terrorists released in the U.S." actually does have a certain perverse logic to it.

I think what Senate Democrats are actually saying between the lines is, "we can't give these people a fair trial now because of the possibility they might rightly retaliate for the illegal and immoral acts we already committed against them." What a complete fucking mess.


Jeanne said...

thanks for stating exactly what i've been thinking.

RFK Action Front said...

Well that's a relief. I'm glad to have company in seeing it this way -- cuz usually here in Crazytown it's "party of 1." You know what they say about great minds...