In response to the Gitmo white wash op-ed
yesterday. Here's Anthony's letter
Colonel Davis finds fault with critics who compare GuantÃ¡namo to totalitarian gulags, and responds by extolling the prisonâ€™s culturally appropriate meals and available Korans. But he misses the central point about the wholesale despair of the men held at GuantÃ¡namo: even if, by some miracle, any of the men charged as war criminals by military commissions were acquitted, there is no guarantee that they would go free.
Thatâ€™s because, since they have been designated enemy combatants, the administration claims the right to hold them until the cessation of hostilities in the war on terror. Itâ€™s just another way of saying they will be held indefinitely, with no real hope of release.
More important, the jerry-rigged legal system used at GuantÃ¡namo fails to uphold the best of American values. In any large organization, itâ€™s inevitable that someone doesnâ€™t get the word. We suggest that Colonel Davis check with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, who advocates the closing of GuantÃ¡namo.