US Senator Dick Durbin has accused the guards at Guantanamo Bay military prison as Nazis.
After reading out a FBI report that described Guantanamo prisoners as being chained to the floor without food or water in extreme temperatures, Durbin asked of his audience:
"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime - Pol Pot or others - that had no concern for human beings.”
The sad truth is that, under George Bush and his neo-cons, the USA has slipped down the slopes towards brutality and criminality from its traditional moral high ground. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and the early part of the Iraq Invasion, many troubled Americans were silenced by fear of appearing unpatriotic or disloyal to the US soldiers.
The Administration and top GOP leaders of course attempted to drag Senator Durbin’s qualified comments (hurled only at the Guantanamo military) into a wider context as if Durbin had accused and besmirched the entire US Armed Service. The aim is obviously an attempt to embarrass Durbin but the Senator has had enough of the Bush Administration's unAmerican atrocities and is standing firm with his comments.