Forum: Writer exaggerates Gitmo
June 5, 2013 9:44PM
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Bill Zars, File)
Updated: July 7, 2013 12:56PM
In his June 2 letter in Forum, James Gierach gave his reasons why we should close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, describing it as a “human rights embarrassment and a concentration camp operated by the United States.”
I have to disagree. Obviously, James never has spoken to someone who was in a real concentration camp, like the Nazis had during World War II. I have spoken with family members who were in these camps as children, and Guantanamo is like the Hilton when compared with the Nazi camps in Poland.
James favors bringing the Guantanamo prisoners to the new federal prison in Illinois.
No way. These people are there because they were caught on the battlefield, killing our soldiers, sons and daughters of American families.
He also apparently objects to force feeding the prisoners who are on a hunger strike. Would James be leading the charge that America is engaging in crimes against humanity if we let them starve? If these prisoners really want to die, there’s a lot of ways they can do it but a hunger strike gives them what they want, which is attention!
Joseph E. Jensen
Better ways to defeat gangs
I became very concerned that the only serious solution that an educated representative of the citizens of Illinois, a U.S. senator no less, could come up with to combat the violence in this city is to incarcerate 18,000 African-American men.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, try this: Encourage your party to pass the jobs bill that President Barack Obama has been trying to get through; vote for sensible gun laws to require background checks, which 90 percent of Americans are for; then throw in the $30 million (you want to use to lock our men up) for job training and I bet your Senate seat that the conditions in the black community will change for the better.
Infringing on Americans’ freedom
When the Imperial IRS specifically targets conservative organizations applying for nonprofit recognition, it is clearly wrong.
Any person who has been listening to the nonpartisan congressional hearings on C-Span knows this to be true.
Even the Democrats participating in these hearings have proved themselves in being equally outraged as the Republicans.
And then there’s Attorney General Eric Holder’s attack on freedom of the press involving seizing phone records of reporters for The Associated Press.
American troops are laying their lives on the line to bring freedom to foreign countries while our government attacks freedom in our own country.