"Club Gitmo" is Now for Children, Too
During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump gave full-throated support for resurrecting the Bush administration's regime of torture for terror detainees. But Trump's brand of state-sanctioned sadism promised to go much further. Trump warned he would seek reprisals against the kin of suspected terrorists, "because they may not care much about their lives, but they do care, believe it or not, about their families' lives." When informed during one GOP debate that his approach would force the United States to abandon the Geneva Conventions, Trump complained, "so they can kill us, but we can't kill them?" The future 45th president of the United States boasted about his plans on Feb. 6, 2016:
"I would bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding."
Given that kind of posturing, many fully expected President Trump to resume the torture of detainees by the United States of America. But few could have imagined those detainees would be children.
And our national shame is only amplified by Republicans' defense of the indefensible by redeploying talking points about "summer camps" and "playgrounds" first used to justify the American brutality at "Club Gitmo."
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