Four civil rights groups are asking Obama to let them in to Guantánamo to survey the situation at the facility that is now a synonym for torture and report their findings, to open the infamous site to the light of truth, accountability and justice.
I know that I would trust the findings and recommendations of The American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International USA, Human Rights First and Human Rights Watch a lot more than that of the four Republican warmongers and torture apologists who will be on the site for a predictable partisan whitewashing on Monday: Senators Jim Inhofe (OK), Pat Roberts (KS), Mel Martinez(FL) and David Vitter (LA).
There is not enough whitewash in the world to cover over that mess. When are the Republicans going to realize that no one but the corporate media is buying their twisted worldview any more?
With his policies at Guantánamo, George Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld made Americans more hated and more at risk than we ever were before. We can never totally erase the damage, but the sooner we close the doors, apologize and begin to rectify the injustices, the better off we and the whole world will be.
When we return to using intelligence to find and the law to punish those who do wrong, then we will be the “good guys” again. Until then, visits by the four Senators are helpful only to their own propaganda campaigns to impede what the majority of the American people want..