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Monday, April 08, 2013

"You cannot hope to bribe or twist (thank God!) the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to." (Humbert Wolfe)

Bonni Benstock-Intall, the New York Holocaust denier who wants the Nazis back running Germany (and Greece, France, the Netherlands, Britain....) published a piece last week which I took as just a normal piece of her over-the-top offensiveness, in which she says that the only news she wants to hear from the Guantamanamo Gulag is that the innocent political prisoners kept there have all died (or been killed). She published pictures purporting to show that Gitmo has been "tranformed into a Club Med resort by barack Hussein Obama" and that this was proved by the prisoners' reluctance to have their indefinite detention without trial continued on the mainland but without the minimal protection currently provided by the Geneva Convention.

It seems Bonni is not alone on drinking the Bacardi-flavoured Kool-Aid. Here is an article from the Guardian listing several supposedly conscientious journalists (not all swivel-eyed loons like the New York Nazi) who have been taken on carefully choreographed tours of Gitmo where they were shown all the marvellous facilities (but no prisoners, of course).

I know the quote in my title refers to British journalists, and these were American ones: but there is little difference, to judge from the screams of dismay from the British press which greet every failure of the British Government to deport Abu Qatada (a man against whom it has failed to find a shred of evidence in over ten years with which to charge him) to face a rigged trial based on evidence pulled out along with Jordanian prisoners' fingernails. Qatada, who has been under house arrest, has now been imprisoned again for "breaching his bail conditions" (specifically, for letting someone in the same room as him use a mobile phone). American journalists moan at the "luxurious" conditions in which their political prisoners languish, while ours moan at the taxpayers' money being wasted on keeping Abu Qatada in custody. Hey, if it's so scandalous and expensive, why not just release them all? None of them, after all, has killed anyone or planned to kill anyone.

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