HI-SEN: Case Supports Bush in Iraq & Guantanamo, and Torture too?
by schultzy, Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 06:47:19 PM EDT
I know incumbent Senator Dan Akaka's primary challenger, Ed Case, supports President Bush and his war in Iraq. He's one of only three remaining Democrats-in-name-only to back Joe Lieberman's I-bid for Senate in CT. But this time, in light of Republican criticism of Bush's suggestions to break the Geneva convention, Case's statements go too far. He says the Guantanamo prison camp is run well. He goes further than key Republicans are willing to go!
Ed Case needs to come clean. He needs to clarify his stand on torture and the Geneva Convention, in light of the recent Supreme Court decision. Will he support the President's torture policies? Or, will he do the right thing and stand by the Geneva Convention and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? After all, isn't that what separates us from what's humane treatment and what's barbaric?
Here's the deal. Last summer, Ed Case went to Guantanamo Naval Base with a delegation of folks to check out the prison camp for himself. What gems of wisdom did he impart, post trip? I found this link from Ed Case's kosopedia page, an article from the Star Bulletin:
Case says Guantanamo prison camp run well...
Democratic Rep. Ed Case said Sunday that the Guantanamo prison for terrorists was being run well and did not match allegations the detainees were being abused and tortured.
..."I think Gitmo is being operated well and operated in a way that is necessary to the safety and security of our country and in a way that is humane under the circumstances," Case said, using the prison's nickname. "The sum total of what I saw does not match the statements by Amnesty International nor by attorneys for some of the detainees."
...Case said the prison had some trouble getting started as it was built from scratch in 2002, but that concerns about the camp had been addressed. He said the prisoners were given good food, health care, and access to lawyers. The interrogations were carefully monitored and the questioning was nowhere close to abusive, he added.
...Case said the prison was necessary and believed those who advocate shutting it down are making a "naive statement born of ignorance."