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Senator Cotton: Gitmo Prisoners Can “Rot In Hell”

Senator Cotton: Gitmo Prisoners Can “Rot In Hell”

Strong words from Arkansas’ new Senator

Newly elected Republican Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) has no problem stating how he really feels about Gitmo detainees.

In a hearing on the administration’s recent decision to close the Guantanamo Bay facilities, (something Senator Obama promised to do when he was running for President in 2008), Senator Cotton grilled Brian McKeon, the Deputy Undersecretary for Defense Policy. Cotton hammered the point that the administration’s decision to close Gitmo was not one based on national security, but one born of politicking.

Senator Cotton: Ok now I want to explore the so-called risk balance between recidivism of released terrorists and the propaganda value that terrorists get from Guantanamo Bay. How many recidivists are there at Guantanamo Bay right now?

Secretary McKeon: I’m not sure I follow the question…

Senator Cotton: How many detainees at Guantanamo Bay are engaged in terrorism or anti-American incitement?

Secretary McKeon: There are none.

Senator Cotton: Because theyre detained. Because they only engage in that kind of recidivism overseas. Now let’s look at the propaganda value: How many detainees were at Guantanamo Bay on September 11, 2001?

After a few more questions and feeble answers, Senator Cotton goes in for the kill.

Senator Cotton: Islamic terrorists don’t need an excuse to attack the United States, to attack us is what they do, they attack us for what we are. It is not your decision. It is a political decision based on a promise the president made on his campaign. To say that it is a security decision based propaganda value that our enemies get from it is a pretext to justify a political decision. In my opinion the only problem with Guantanamo Bay is there are too many empty beds and cells there right now. We should be sending more terrorists there for further interrogation to keep this country safe. As far as I’m concerned, every last one of them can rot in Hell, but as long as they don’t do that they can rot in Guantanamo Bay.

The exchange can be viewed here:

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Nicely done. It does illustrate the value of putting people away who might otherwise hurt you. Most of humankind figured that out a few thousand years ago; perhaps Champ and his followers will ‘progress’ to that level of knowledge someday.

The Great Majority of Americans agree with Senator Cotton. I sure as Hell do! This young man bares watching.

Send them to Planned Parenthood et al. The abortion industry knows how to handle unwanted human lives. Their purpose and methods are approved by both human rights organizations and polite company. Almost zero, and, in some cases, less than zero instances of recidivism. This is what the CIA should have done and avoided the publicity debacle. Interrogation of enemy combatants under threat of decapitation, dismemberment, and lethal injection.

smalltownoklahoman | February 7, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Nicely done! One thing I would have liked to seen him ask though is “how many detainees have we released from Guantanamo who have since engaged in terrorist activities once again or provided aide to terrorist organizations?” You know, just to really drive home how incredibly stupid and dangerous it is for these guys to be released.

I don’t think the theory or justification for detaining these people has ever been to rehabilitate them. It is not like they go to classes, do prison jobs and appear before a parole board trying to demonstrate they have been rehabilitated and are now ready to be productive members of society.

They have been imprisoned to keep them from doing more harm to other people. Simple.

Conservative Beaner | February 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Obama can rot them.

“GITMO prisoners can rot in Hell.”

Sadly, beyond our kin, if I understand the whole “heaven/hell” thingy. Certainly outside the powers of Congress.

But it IS within the power of Congress to assure that these savages are segregated for all the rest of their lives for the good of civilized humanity if they are judged by a military tribunal to be dangerous.

They should be treated humanely, but only provided essentials. No soccer fields. No TV. Nothing but essential nutrition.

Henry Hawkins | February 7, 2015 at 3:19 pm

I am against letting them rot in hell. I think Gitmo prisoners ought to rot in Gitmo.

BTW, Tom Cotton is one young man to keep on eye on.

Careful, corrupt GOP hacks: if GOP politicians keep talking like this, they might start winning national elections. Then where would you be?

Finally a senator that speaks the way of his constituents not the way of his political advisor!
His sentiments are what 90% of people who have faced this type of evil feels and all the others have been enjoying the cosy life under that blanket of freedom without knowing the sacrifice. It’s easy to want to play nice but when the other side dose not then your strategy must also change. We have walked softly with a big stick long enough. It’s time to use the big stick to send the right message “you mess with the bull and you get the horns!”
Thank you Tom for abandoning political correctness and standing up for human correctness for Americans not terrorist!