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    Hot off the presses, the JAG memos from 2003 concerning Gitmo have been declassified, so feel free to give them a read. For context, I found a pretty good commentary on the subject. Representative quote:

    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Lederman
    The memos are extraordinary. They are written by JAGs from the Air Force, Navy, Army and Marines. As Senator Graham put it on Monday, these folks "are not from the ACLU. These are not from people who are soft on terrorism, who want to coddle foreign terrorists. These are all professional military lawyers who have dedicated their lives, with 20-plus year careers, to serving the men and women in uniform and protecting their Nation. They were giving a warning shot across the bow of the policymakers that there are certain corners you cannot afford to cut because you will wind up meeting yourself.
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    Its funny how the whole contrived "Gitmo Contraversy" the media suddenly chose to play up disapeared after the London attacks..

    It seems like when people are reminded of just how real the threat is, they arent so receptive to liberal crying about the treatment of terrorists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanzerJager
    Its funny how the whole contrived "Gitmo Contraversy" the media suddenly chose to play up disapeared after the London attacks..
    Oh, the bomb attacks may have made people temporarily less receptive to the treatment of prisoners at Gitmo, for the same reason people were not receptive to the treatment of Germans after the war.

    In the end they will want to uphold certain standards of decency that are at odds with your variety of fascism, such as the presumption of innocence and the humane treatment of detainees who have been found guilty. We don't want to be the next 'Asian' whisked away to Gitmo under the cover of silence or shot in the head eight times on an underground platform, do we?

    Another reason why your attitude to torture should be rejected is that it is so ineffective in the fight against terrorism.

    That there are soldiers and entire departments in the U.S. military who want to uphold those standards is testimony to the strength of American democracy. I would rather subscribe to what Air Force General Rivers says in the papers:

    Finally, the use of the more extreme interrogation techniques simply is not how the U.S. armed forces have operated in recent history. We have taken the legal and moral "high-road" in the conduct of our military operations regardless of how others may operate. Our forces are trained in this legal and moral mindset beginning the day they enter active duty. It should be noted that law of armed conflict and code of conduct training have been mandated by Congress and emphasized since the Viet Nam conflict when our POWs were subjected to torture by their captors. We need to consider the overall impact of approving extreme interrogation techniques as giving official approval and legal sanction to the application of interrogation techniques that U.S. forces have consistently been trained are unlawful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianII
    That there are soldiers and entire departments in the U.S. military who want to uphold those standards is testimony to the strength of American democracy. I would rather subscribe to what Air Force General Rivers says in the papers:

    Finally, the use of the more extreme interrogation techniques simply is not how the U.S. armed forces have operated in recent history. We have taken the legal and moral "high-road" in the conduct of our military operations regardless of how others may operate. Our forces are trained in this legal and moral mindset beginning the day they enter active duty. It should be noted that law of armed conflict and code of conduct training have been mandated by Congress and emphasized since the Viet Nam conflict when our POWs were subjected to torture by their captors. We need to consider the overall impact of approving extreme interrogation techniques as giving official approval and legal sanction to the application of interrogation techniques that U.S. forces have consistently been trained are unlawful.
    Ah your getting the jest of the American system now - one of the main reasons I was never overally concerned about Gitmo - because I had faith (and still do) that eventually we would sort out the right way from the wrong way. That it might have created other problems in the mean time - well is also a problem of the American system. But at least we air out our dirty laundry for all to see.
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    Oh, the bomb attacks may have made people temporarily less receptive to the treatment of prisoners at Gitmo, for the same reason people were not receptive to the treatment of Germans after the war.

    In the end they will want to uphold certain standards of decency that are at odds with your variety of fascism, such as the presumption of innocence and the humane treatment of detainees who have been found guilty. We don't want to be the next 'Asian' whisked away to Gitmo under the cover of silence or shot in the head eight times on an underground platform, do we?

    Another reason why your attitude to torture should be rejected is that it is so ineffective in the fight against terrorism.


    Yet Americans understand the claims of torture to be pure bullshit and that enemy combatants in a time of war do not in fact have the same rights as Americans.

    It seems like the MSM saw an opening to pander to the left earlier in the summer. There hadnt been any terror attacks and terrorism had fallen from the spotlight. Senator Durbin made his comments and Gitmo was put up as a sacrificial lamb to the left.

    However, to America's credit, people realized just how crazy Senator Durban and those who sympathize with the enemy are and the issue didnt gain any real momentum. The MSM played it up as best they could and still got no where.

    The attacks in London put the final nail in the coffin of the Gitmo controversy.. it may rise again like the ugly leftist driven monster it is.. but for now its dead.

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    Those are fascinating documents. I was especially interested in the way the JAGs noted that the conclusions of the DoD and executive branch were 'contentious' and that some of their recommendations could be considered breaches of domestic US law. When I get more time to look at them, I'll be back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PanzerJager

    The attacks in London put the final nail in the coffin of the Gitmo controversy.. it may rise again like the ugly leftist driven monster it is.. but for now its dead.
    So the JAGs of the Army, Navy and Air Force are leftist conspirators now? Man, your armed forces must be in trouble...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PanzerJager
    However, to America's credit, people realized just how crazy Senator Durban and those who sympathize with the enemy are and the issue didnt gain any real momentum.
    That's where you take the wrong turn time and again, Panzer. Critics of any policy do not, by implication, sympathise with a country's enemies. And doing a 'McCarthy' on every critic of this administration is not going to convince anyone either.

    Anyway, the British are going ahead with the prosecution of soldiers suspected of abusing 'terrorists' regardless of the bomb attacks. That's the way to go: you don't shut down democracy in order to save it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PanzerJager
    Yet Americans understand the claims of torture to be pure bullshit and that enemy combatants in a time of war do not in fact have the same rights as Americans.
    Actually you are incorrect - some of the claims of torture are indeed crap - others have to do with the intent of the laws that govern the military and the treaties that were signed by the United States. The defination of torture and its different interpations lead to this confusion - and its the reasonable and right thing to do - to question the governments actions in regards to its activities. While I don't see minor sleep deprevation, loud music, and other such minor discomfort techinques as torture - it can be argued that these things do indeed fall within the scope of the intent of the anti-torture statues of the United States and International treaties -which I beleive is the jest of the JAG thesis.

    It seems like the MSM saw an opening to pander to the left earlier in the summer. There hadnt been any terror attacks and terrorism had fallen from the spotlight. Senator Durbin made his comments and Gitmo was put up as a sacrificial lamb to the left.
    Durbin is an politicial animal - he stated what he did to pander to what he believes is his politicial base - it could cost him his next election. Again a free society questions its governments actions. If the governments actions is right - then the defense of the actions by the supporters will have logical basis for their opinion. Emotional appeal - is not a logical method to defend the governments actions.

    However, to America's credit, people realized just how crazy Senator Durban and those who sympathize with the enemy are and the issue didnt gain any real momentum. The MSM played it up as best they could and still got no where.
    That because many of us understand that it was an emotional appeal - and he got criticized by many groups for his pandering comments.

    The attacks in London put the final nail in the coffin of the Gitmo controversy.. it may rise again like the ugly leftist driven monster it is.. but for now its dead.
    Oh I don't think it did - Because while I agree holding detainees in GITMO is not against the statues governing the United States Military - nor is it against the Geneva Convention - certain aspects of what is happening there can be seen as illegal according to United States Law and is against the Genva convention.
    O well, seems like 'some' people decide to ruin a perfectly valid threat. Nice going guys... doc bean

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gelatinous Cube
    Panzer.. after Abu Graihb I think it takes a moron to deny that the US Military tortures people.
    That was not torture - it was prisoner abuse. While you might think there is no difference - there is a sutle difference. Should I call you a moron because you think different?
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    So the JAGs of the Army, Navy and Air Force are leftist conspirators now? Man, your armed forces must be in trouble...
    The JAGs did not call a press conference or stand up on the floor of the US senate and call America a totalitarian country akin to Stalins Russia or Nazi Germany. They did not make such wild statements as "America is shutting down her democracy" like adrian made.

    The JAGs acted in the correct fashion. They handled their disagreement with US policy in a respectful, and not traitorous, way.

    That's where you take the wrong turn time and again, Panzer. Critics of any policy do not, by implication, sympathise with a country's enemies. And doing a 'McCarthy' on every critic of this administration is not going to convince anyone either.
    It seems that I am not the one who needs to convince people of anything. Gitmo was on the chopping block of public opinion and it got no where. People understand the nature of war and what that entails.

    Panzer.. after Abu Graihb I think it takes a moron to deny that the US Military tortures people.
    And it takes an idiot to assume an isolated incident translates into a policy.

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    Actually you are incorrect - some of the claims of torture are indeed crap - others have to do with the intent of the laws that govern the military and the treaties that were signed by the United States. The defination of torture and its different interpations lead to this confusion - and its the reasonable and right thing to do - to question the governments actions in regards to its activities. While I don't see minor sleep deprevation, loud music, and other such minor discomfort techinques as torture - it can be argued that these things do indeed fall within the scope of the intent of the anti-torture statues of the United States and International treaties -which I beleive is the jest of the JAG thesis.
    Im not sure how I was incorrect. Public opinion is that it is not torture and no court rulings that I know of support the notion that the treatment in Gitmo is torturous.. therefore it seems to be BS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanzerJager
    Im not sure how I was incorrect. Public opinion is that it is not torture and no court rulings that I know of support the notion that the treatment in Gitmo is torturous.. therefore it seems to be BS.
    However that does not make it so -especially since there are several court cases being brought forth concerning Gitmo. The adminstrations defination of what consitutes torture should be challenged - and it is being challenged.
    O well, seems like 'some' people decide to ruin a perfectly valid threat. Nice going guys... doc bean

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    Considering the track-record of this administration, and the military in general over the last several decades, I'm more inclined to follow the camp that says Abu Graihb was not an isolated incident.
    A natural inclination against the military is not a fact.

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    Considering the track-record of this administration, and the military in general over the last several decades, I'm more inclined to follow the camp that says Abu Graihb was not an isolated incident.
    McCarthy wishes he had it this easy..

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    You based your belief that the US tortures people on the "military in general over the last several decades".

    Where is this objective fact with examples? All I see is someone who doesnt like the military.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gelatinous Cube
    Considering the track-record of this administration, and the military in general over the last several decades, I'm more inclined to follow the camp that says Abu Graihb was not an isolated incident.
    What track record of the military as an institution being abusive toward prisoners. Are there individuals within the military that committ abuses. Sure and most if not all are held accountable for thier actions. However it seems you are wanting to make a generalization while protesting Panzers generalization.

    Yep another one that makes comments about what they don't know and only read in the media. Bah (And I was beginning to think you actually had a brain. - this comment goes to show you don't really think for yourself.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gelatinous Cube
    For your information, I don't "Dislike the military" at all. Nor do I necesarrily oppose the use of Torture against enemy combatants. It's the fact that people actually try to say they don't use torture that bothers me.
    And you should just stick to this logic

    Abu Graihb is not possible without knowledge from the higher ups; the fact that it got blamed on the poor stupid girl is a case of successful scape-goating.
    Yep - you surely don't understand the command structure and the mission of the military. Mai Lai happened without the understanding of a lot of the command structure. Just the local level command. Just like Abu Graihib happened because of the failure of the local level command at doing there jobs. You might want to read up on the investigation - more then one little stupid girl has been held to account for their individual actions.

    And, of course, there is the matter of the US "outsourcing" it's prisoners to other countries to be tortured as well.
    [sarcasm on] One man's outsourcing another man's deporting illegal immigrants back to their country of orgin.[sarcasm off]
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    LOL, sounds like we have another "I don't support the war, but I support the troops" person. I served 10 years in the Air Force and I know what the bullsh## smell like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gelatinous Cube
    Abu Graihb is not possible without knowledge from the higher ups; the fact that it got blamed on the poor stupid girl is a case of successful scape-goating.
    Honestly, I don't think she was under orders to have sex with her boyfriend in front of prisoners. She was clearly a bad apple. Now, if you want to say lack of oversight was a problem- I agree. But I seem to remember that the general in charge at Abu Ghraib was punished as well.

    Maybe the higher-ups were looking the other way, maybe they were even implicity encouraging guards to be 'tough' on prisoners- but I see the specific acts as sick abuses orchestrated by some perverse people. She and the others involved were not simple patsies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianII
    That's where you take the wrong turn time and again, Panzer. Critics of any policy do not, by implication, sympathise with a country's enemies. And doing a 'McCarthy' on every critic of this administration is not going to convince anyone either.
    Yep, Dubya has introduced the new McCarthyism and there are a lot of misguided folks swallowing it hook line and sinker. Heaven forbid that one should be tough on terror, yet think the administration is completely bungling this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Harvest
    Yep, Dubya has introduced the new McCarthyism and there are a lot of misguided folks swallowing it hook line and sinker. Heaven forbid that one should be tough on terror, yet think the administration is completely bungling this.
    Now don't go and accuse others of something you yourself are doing. Where is McCarthyism in the adminstration? In fact since you called it McCarthyism which implies its a Congressional Investigation into Un-American activities by citizens. Where is congress investigating anyone or any organization for Un-American Activities.

    Yep critize others for what you yourself are doing.
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    Mc Carthy wasnt as big a jerk as he has been made out to be.

    "The myth of 'McCarthyism' is the greatest Orwellian fraud of our times. Liberals are fanatical liars, then as now. Everything you think you know about McCarthy is a hegemonic lie."

    The truth about Joe McCarthy and the story of his successful exposure of the communist conspiracy that infected our government during the FDR Administration is once again being trumpeted but this time by a cultural icon who has already sold millions of books and who can't be ignored or dismissed. Hallelujah!

    Regarding the ongoing and unrelenting big-lie attack on Joe McCarthy from the left, a man who was simply doing the job he was elected to do, namely, to guard our Constitution and our way of life against a conspiracy to undermine it, Coulter comments:

    "Liberals denounced McCarthy because they were afraid of getting caught, so they fought back like animals...McCarthy was not tilting at windmills. Soviet spies in the government were not a figment of right-wing imaginations. He was tilting at an authentic Communist conspiracy that had been laughed off by the Democratic Party."

    It should be noted that it is certainly a protected right in this country for an individual to be a Communist. It is also a right for an individual to be a Nazi, or a Klansmen. Contrary to leftist agitprop, Joe McCarthy recognized this right, he expressed that recognition on many occasions, and he was quite careful to play by the rules in his investigation of government subversion. Joe McCarthy, contrary to leftist lies, was involved in investigating the phenomena of secret communists operating within the Federal Government, nothing more and nothing less.

    During his brief tenure in the U.S.Senate, Joe McCarthy confronted and uncovered the bizarre phenomena of certain government officials, in some cases very highly placed and regarded government officials, as engaging in a concealment of their communist involvement. An analogous situation to the one that Joe McCarthy confronted would be if an al-Qaeda operative were working in the State Department or another sensitive agency of government today and keeping his affiliation secret. Joe McCarthy demonstrated the fact that Communists had no more of a right work in our government than Nazis or a Klansmen. The American people, conversely, have a right to know the political orientation of government officials who might be in a position where they could adversely influence the future of the country.

    The liberal response to Joe McCarthy's revelations, then and now, was to submit him, and his reputation to a public auto da fe, one that continues to stand as an example of what the left will do to someone who dares to defy their agenda. Coulter states: "While consistently rooting against America, liberals have used a fictional event forged of their own hysteria - "McCarthyism" -- to prevent Americans from ever asking the simple question: Do liberals love their country?"

    At a frightful sacrifice, even of his own well being and life, Joe McCarthy was nevertheless successful in fulfilling the public obligation he shouldered. His work was not in vain. In spite of a campaign of vilification, hate, and lies, Joe McCarthy successfully alerted the American public at large to the danger Communism posed. Joe McCarthy's career parallels that of Winston Churchill in that Churchill likewise tried to warn the British people about the impending danger of Nazism in the 1930's. Churchill was vilified before World War II but like Joe McCarthy, Churchill understood his times and the nature of evil. Human history can often hinge on the conscience and action of a single brave individual. We should remember with gratitude that the left failed in its attempt to silence Joe McCarthy as most Americans woke up in time to their treachery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redleg
    Now don't go and accuse others of something you yourself are doing. Where is McCarthyism in the adminstration? In fact since you called it McCarthyism which implies its a Congressional Investigation into Un-American activities by citizens. Where is congress investigating anyone or any organization for Un-American Activities.

    Yep critize others for what you yourself are doing.
    Nice distortion there, McCarthy was good at it as well.

    This admin and its supporters are masters of the smear campaign. There is concerted effort to label everyone who disagrees with it as lefties, soft on terrorism, yada, yada, yada. Same ole' stuff on this board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gawain of Orkeny
    Mc Carthy wasnt as big a jerk as he has been made out to be.
    and the first line of your quote is..."The myth of 'McCarthyism' is the greatest Orwellian fraud of our times. Liberals are fanatical liars, then as now. Everything you think you know about McCarthy is a hegemonic lie."

    Sorry, you lost me I never made it past that bullshit...I was thinking you had something of interest, but it look's like some sort of whacko extremist stuff instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Harvest
    Nice distortion there, McCarthy was good at it as well.

    This admin and its supporters are masters of the smear campaign. There is concerted effort to label everyone who disagrees with it as lefties, soft on terrorism, yada, yada, yada. Same ole' stuff on this board.
    Yes I know it was - but again you made a specif allegation of Yep, Dubya has introduced the new McCarthyism and there are a lot of misguided folks swallowing it hook line and sinker. Again where is the Congressional investigations charging people with un-american activities. A smear campaign is nothing but mud slinging to people who might or might not believe the same things you do.

    And again accusing others of what you yourself are doing - its so pathic that its humerous to me. Why else do you think I responded in such a way.

    Can you ackownledge that you are doing the exact same thing you are complaining about, or are you so blind in your politicial believes that it prevents you from seeing even that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redleg
    Can you ackownledge that you are doing the exact same thing you are complaining about, or are you so blind in your politicial believes that it prevents you from seeing even that?
    No, I can't, because it isn't true. Complaining about McCarthyism doesn't qualify one as using McCarthy-esque tactics. Sorry, it just doesn't.

    I could have been more specific, and said, "those individuals that equate opposition to the admin's policies to being a lefty, liberal, soft on terror, etc are delusional idiots that enjoy convenient lies rather than rational discussion" but I chose to be a bit more diplomatic.

    Fact is, there is a concerted effort by the Right to try to treat the rest of us as unpatriotic. That is McCarthyism. Don't like it? Tough! It is true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Harvest
    No, I can't, because it isn't true. Complaining about McCarthyism doesn't qualify one as using McCarthy-esque tactics. Sorry, it just doesn't.
    Your right - expect that you are making broad generalized comments about it- without making spefic allegations and points about where this is being done is a systemic way by the government. And that is what makes your counter arguement hypocritical.

    Again I ask - Yep, Dubya has introduced the new McCarthyism and there are a lot of misguided folks swallowing it hook line and sinker Where is the proof in the pudding so to speak - that President Bush is going beyond normal political rethoric in countering those that politicial oppose him. Where is the investigations by congress into the activities of those that oppose the President.

    I could have been more specific, and said, "those individuals that equate opposition to the admin's policies to being a lefty, liberal, soft on terror, etc are delusional idiots that enjoy convenient lies rather than rational discussion" but I chose to be a bit more diplomatic.
    And just as delusional as your accusing those who oppose your idealogical standpoint. When individuals make comments like that - as individuals not as members of the government - they are not instituting McCarthyism into the equation - but are expressing their opinion be it irrational or delusional in your opinion. However it seems that you are once again accusing others of being irrational and using buzzwords - while not finding fault with yourself for doing the exact same thing.

    Fact is, there is a concerted effort by the Right to try to treat the rest of us as unpatriotic. That is McCarthyism. Don't like it? Tough! It is true.
    Actually its not McCarthyism - unless you can show where it fits within the actual defination of the term - either as it was orginal met or what it has become to mean.


    McCarthyism, named for Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, was a period of intense anti-communism in the United States primarily from 1950 to 1954, when the U.S. government was actively engaged in suppression of the American Communist Party, its leadership, and others suspected of being Communists or Communist sympathizers. During this period people from all walks of life became the subject of aggressive witch-hunts, often based on inconclusive or questionable evidence. It grew out of the Second Red Scare that began in the late 1940s.

    Modern term for it


    Since the time of the red scare led by Joe McCarthy, the term McCarthyism has entered American speech as a general term for the phenomenon of mass pressure, harassment, or blacklisting used to pressure people to follow popular political beliefs. The act of making insufficiently supported accusations or engaging in unfair investigations against a person as an attempt to unfairly silence or discredit them is often referred to as McCarthyism.

    The term has since become synonymous with any government activity which seeks to suppress unfavorable political or social views, often by limiting or suspending civil rights under the pretext of maintaining national security.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism

    Again lets see the evidence where an aggressive witch-hunt is being done by the government because individuals disagree with the stated governmental postion on terrorism; or to supress their view? (classic and modern defination of the word)

    edit: even using the modern defination of it - show me where mass pressure or harassment is being used to pressure people to follow the adminstrations guidelines. (modern usage of the word)

    Come on now - you can do better then the simple politicial rethoric - or have you become so blinded that you can longer think beyond your own political belief system.
    Last edited by Redleg; 07-28-2005 at 21:38.
    O well, seems like 'some' people decide to ruin a perfectly valid threat. Nice going guys... doc bean

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    Fact is, there is a concerted effort by the Right to try to treat the rest of us as unpatriotic. That is McCarthyism. Don't like it? Tough! It is true.
    Hahaha and hes claiming the right likes to label people? The hypocrisy is staggering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanzerJager
    Its funny how the whole contrived "Gitmo Contraversy" the media suddenly chose to play up disapeared after the London attacks..

    It seems like when people are reminded of just how real the threat is, they arent so receptive to liberal crying about the treatment of terrorists.
    Because the media is even easier to distract than a 10 year old with ADD?

    I don't think that what the Republicans are doing is McCarythism, however. If that were true, then there would be far more Hollywood actors and directors in jail. In addition don't think any government officials have been accused of being terrorists.

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