Mullen Says He Favors Closing Terror Prison As Soon As Legal Issues Are Worked Out
The chief of the U.S. military said he favors closing the prison here as soon as possible because he believes negative publicity worldwide about treatment of terrorist suspects has been "pretty damaging" to the image of the United States.
"I'd like to see it shut down," Adm. Mike Mullen said Sunday in an interview with three reporters who toured the detention center with him on his first visit since becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last October.
LOOK AT HOW LONG AGO - US LEADERS WERE ACTIVE ON THESE ISSUES!Here is an investigative report (MSNBC) from as far back as November 2006!
The inside story of criminal investigators who tried to stop abuse
By Bill Dedman
Updated: 7:34 p.m. PT Oct 23, 2006
Their account indicates that the struggle over U.S. interrogation techniques began much earlier than previously known, with separate teams of law enforcement and intelligence interrogators battling over the best way to accomplish two missions: prevent future attacks and punish the terrorists.
In extensive interviews with MSNBC.com, former leaders of the Defense Department’s Criminal Investigation Task Force said they repeatedly warned senior Pentagon officials beginning in early 2002 that the harsh interrogation techniques used by a separate intelligence team would not produce reliable information, could constitute war crimes, and would embarrass the nation when they became public knowledge.
The investigators say their warnings began almost from the moment their agents got involved at the Guantanamo prison camp, in January 2002. When they could not prevent the harsh interrogations and humiliation of detainees at Guantanamo, they say, they tried in 2003 to stop the spread of those tactics to Iraq, where abuses at Abu Ghraib prison triggered worldwide outrage with the publishing of graphic photos in April 2004.
IN THE MIDDLE OF LAST YEAR, EVEN ROBERT GATES PUSHED TO SHUT DOWN GITMO!
From CBS News
Report: Gates Pushed To Shut Down Gitmo
Defense Secretary Argued For Closing Of Terror Prison During First Weeks On Job(CBS/AP) In sharp contrast to his predecessor, Defense Secretary Robert Gates reportedly tried to shut down Guantanamo.
Gates, who succeeded Donald Rumsfeld last year, pushed in his first weeks as defense secretary for closing the detention center at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, arguing that its image was so tainted that any military trials there would be viewed as illegitimate, according to The New York Times.
He was overruled, however, after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other government lawyers objected to moving detainees to the United States, the Times said in a report posted on its Web site Thursday night. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice agreed with Gates, but Vice President Dick Cheney's office took the same position as Gonzales, the report said, citing unidentified senior administration officials.
I DO NOT HAVE SPACE OR TIME TO FULLY AIR THIS UNIMAGINABLE HISTORY.
Concerned readers should also pause to take in the year old article to see the political tactics taken by this administration waging legal battles and political smears to maintain its interrogation program at Gitmo.
Gitmo Defense Counsel Stand Accused
Wednesday, January 17, 2007; 12:00 AM