The Right Coast

June 19, 2005
Steyn on Gitmo
By Tom Smith

He has it about right.

It seems as though the Democrats are determined to demonstrate they are the party not to be trusted with the national defense. To be fair, I don't think Bush has done a particularly good job keeping the country informed and inspired over this war, but not very many politicians could do that.

If we are going to close down Gitmo, I sure hope we get those Pershing missiles out of Europe at the same time. It sends the wrong message to the Soviets, and makes us look like war-mongers to the entire world. I also think it is very important that internees at Gitmo be able to sue in American courts for damages, including punies. If ATLA ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

BTW my source in the Pacific says that the extremely remote Johnston Island is being considered as the new location for Club Fed (Terrorist branch). It has an interesting status legally. Under some statute or other (ask Gary Lawson) it is legally considered a United States Ship at Sea. I'm not sure exactly what that means, but it sounds like pretty plenary authority. Perfect place for prison. Wonder what the Supremes would have to say about that. Just the flight there sounds like torture to me. We might have to invent something special, like Terrorist Class, so we don't get in trouble with Amnesty International.