Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Gitmo and Gulags

Gitmo and gulags: any similarities? The President says "No."
President Bush said yesterday that it is "absurd" to compare the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay to the gulags run by the former Soviet Union.
Okay. I'll take that on face value. What do I know about gulags?

How's this? Prisoners included murderers, thieves, and other common criminals--along with political and religious dissenters... sometimes the inmates were physically abused by camp guards...

Or this? surrounded with walls and barbed wire, and hidden by a policy of secrecy and enforced silence... Prisoners, entirely cut off from their homes and families... Any communication with relatives was subject to severe limitations and censorship...

Yeh, I can see where the President would think there's no similarity between gulags and Gitmo.

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