Friday, January 25, 2008

Keith Ellison: Gee, Gitmo's not so bad after all...

but wah! There's still no habeas corpus!

Ellison also told the packed auditorium that the prisoners are being properly treated, but he still has grave concerns about their legal rights.

"If you think that it's objectionable because it's a gulag, you're wrong," he said. "That's not the reason it's a problem. I didn't see thumb screws. I didn't see blood on the floor or howling and screaming. But what I did see is a whole lot of people who have no process to change that condition that they're in."

Ellison said he doesn't doubt that many of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are bad people. But he said they should be given a fair trial in the United States. Ellison said he will continue to push for the passage of legislation that gives legal rights to the prisoners.