Bill O'Reilly doesn't believe that any prisoners have been mistreated at Guantanamo Bay, because he visited the place twice, thanks to his "good contacts," and he didn't see anything. Because that's what happens at Gitmo! Journalists are always creeping up on the place unseen to make unannounced visits and what not, right?
No. Of course not. As Brave New Films points out, the U.S. Government copped to torturing prisoners at Gitmo all the way back in 2005! The Red Cross documented torture at Gitmo back in 2004! And about two years ago, it was disclosed that the FBI knew about the torture as well.
Still, it's awfully funny to see just who gets officially tagged as "delusional" where Guantanamo Bay is concerned. And by "awfully funny," I mean "awfully awful." Check out this story, brought to my attention by the blog 1115.org. It's the incredibly true tale of Lieutenant Colonel David Vandeveld. He was given the task of prosecuting the Gitmo inmates and he was fired up to do so. "I was a true believer," he said. Then he got to Gitmo. He saw the evidence of torture for himself, and he uncovered instances where exculpatory evidence had been ignored. What he saw shook him to the core of his religious beliefs, so he reached out to a Jesuit priest (who the BCC redundantly identifies as a "peace activist" -- ALL JESUITS ARE PEACE ACTIVISTS) named Father John Dear. [Watch video, here.]
Of course, 1115.org's Sarabeth sums up the salient point, with regard to O'Reilly's "delusions":
Now here's what I consider to be the punchline of the BBC article:
Col Vandeveld was forced to undergo a mental status evaluation after expressing his concerns and his military career is over.
According to Bush's military, if you object to torture and to withholding exculpatory evidence from defense lawyers, you need to have your head examined.
Here's a simple question. Who's the real head-case? The soldier with the active moral compass, or the ignorant millionaire infotainer?