Yes, folks, the laughs just keep on rollin’ from those wacky, joke-a-day folks at Gitmo…
The US state department has distanced itself from comments by a top official that the three suicides by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were “a good PR move”.
Colleen Graffy told the BBC the deaths were part of a strategy and “a tactic to further the jihadi cause”, but taking their own lives was unnecessary.
“I would not say that it was a PR stunt,” said spokesman Sean McCormack.
Meanwhile, a US lawyer has said that one of three who killed themselves was due to be freed but did not know it.
Mark Denbeaux, who represents some of the foreign detainees at the US camp in Cuba, said the man was among 141 prisoners due for release.
He said the prisoner was not told because US officials had not decided which country he would be sent to.
Mr McCormack would not comment on whether Ms Graffy had been rebuked for her remarks.
Camp commander Rear Adm Harry Harris has also taken a tough line on the suicides, saying it was an “act of asymmetric warfare waged against us”.
And just to put those absurd remarks in context…
There have been dozens of suicide attempts since the camp was set up four years ago – but none successful until now.
Criticism of the camp is mounting.
The United Nations rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, said European leaders should use a summit with President George W Bush next week to press for the prison’s closure.
Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said procedures at Guantanamo Bay violated the rule of law and undermined the fight against terrorism.
You can’t fight terrorism with more terrorism, or injustice with more injustice. How many more times does anyone have to say TWO WRONGS DON’T MAKE A RIGHT?
If they had been on the right track to begin with, they wouldn’t have to backtrack now. But since they’ve been on the wrong foot constantly, they keep tripping over their own feet. Which is, in fact, par for the wingnutty course.
FLIPFLOP! FLIPFLOP!! FLIPFLOP!!!