Guantanamo, terrorism and yet another mind blowing waste of tax dollars

The lid on the secret world of Guantanamo is raised once again. Photo: Gitmo - Associated Press

WASHINGTON, November 20, 2013 – Guantanamo is a military base America still has in Cuba. It is where we are keeping the most dangerous terrorists captured since since 9/11.  

America has a lot of maximum-security prisons. Many of them are the homes of state or federal death row, where condemned prisoners are held. These men and women, almost all of them American citizens, are generally held in small cells for twenty-three hours a day. They might get out for solitary exercise one hour a day. 

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What about the most dangerous captured terrorists in the world? What about the savages that routinely pelt American military personnel with bodily fluids and feces?  

A sane person would expect these dangerous terrorists to receive the same kind of treatment dangerous criminals in America receive. But a lawyer would caution that is assuming facts, mostly guilt, not in evidence even as we assume the American government is sane.

Facts prove otherwise. 

The federal government is spending millions of dollars on these prisoners. They get classes in Arabic calligraphy, horticulture and how to use PowerPoint. Yes, the next time Al-Qaeda plans a 9/11 style attack, it is going to be planned using PowerPoint.

They even get English lessons.

Male instructors do the instruction only, lest the prisoners’ Islamic sensibilities be offended.

At Guantanamo, the American flag was moved because it offended the prisoners. The prisoners were provided exercise equipment that they refused to use because it was made in America, so the government went out and bought new equipment made in a country that was acceptable to the prisoners. The government spent $750,000 to give the prisoners a new soccer field.

While the government spends millions on these terrorists that Barack Obama wants to release, our military is being decimated. Pilots are quitting the Air Force in record numbers because their flying hours are being cut. America’s men and women in uniform are being told that they are going to have to do without pay raises, meanwhile we spend millions to make sure terrorists who want to kill any American they can are happy. Not humanely treated, but well excercised, entertained and happy.

This lunacy did not start with Barack Obama. It started under the Bush Administration but it has only gotten worse under Obama.

Americans have every reason to be outraged. The American victims of 9/11 were not offered any compassion. For many Americans the memories of that day are still fresh. Many Americans remember the video footage of people having the choice between burning or jumping to their deaths, so many opting for the jump.

The prisoners at Guantanamo are not soldiers. They are terrorists. They do not deserve the right to live in luxury.

They should be confined to their cells twenty-three hours a day, with an American flag outside so that when they look out the window, they see the stars and strips.

They should not have arrows on the floors of their cells telling them which way Mecca is. Instead every morning and every evening, the Star Spangled Banner should be piped into their cells.

Every American should be outraged that these terrorists are treated better than our soldiers who guard them.

Perhaps there is a Congressman or a Senator with the courage to demand that all of these special benefits for terrorists be defunded and the only appropriation for those terrorists would be for the rope that will hang them.

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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