The right responds to Gitmo closure news

One group, Move America Forward, is organizing a petition in favor of keeping the prison open.

By Alex Koppelman

Published January 13, 2009 3:00PM (EST)

Not everyone is happy about the news that President-elect Barack Obama will, as one of his first official acts, sign an executive order closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. One conservative group, Move America Forward, is actually organizing a petition drive aimed at keeping it open.

In an e-mail, MAF 's Melanie Morgan, a former radio host, writes:

This radical plan is naïve, dangerous to Americans, counter-productive for national security, and insulting to our troops at Gitmo who exhibit perfect professionalism. We won’t take it lying down.

The only reason for closing Gitmo is to make leftists and some European countries feel better. They have fallen for the tripe that liberals and their cohorts in the media have spread about our troops and the facility. That and they may just truly hate America.

Well I have seen firsthand the conditions in which these dangerous men live. They live in a climate-controlled, state-of-the-art prison with floors clean enough to eat off of. They watch movies while relaxing on an overstuffed sofa; they have six meal plans from which to choose what they eat; they are called to prayer five times a day as proscribed in their Muslim faith; they have three medical personnel for EACH terrorist.

And let’s not forget: Not one American has been charged with a crime for the handling of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. There’s nothing to suggest that anything approaching a crime has taken place there. We know that our military brings to justice those who break the law within their ranks. So, if something happened that was so bad in Gitmo, why hasn’t anybody been charged? Because NO LAWS WERE BROKEN!

I am outraged at the lies that have been spread about Gitmo and the work of our troops. If Obama foolishly chooses to close Gitmo and ship radical jihadists to America, he is saying that our troops haven’t done their jobs, or worse, that they’ve committed atrocities. That’s outrageous, but it seems that to him the feelings of left-wingers mean more than America’s safety or the honor of our military.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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