(Is a waterboarding demonstration too much to as for?)
Add this to the BDS tour bus which is also currently criss-crossing the countryside, and all I can say is the feverish dementia that is being displayed by some on the left these days, is becoming positively scary:
Amnesty International is currently touring the country with a life-sized replica of a maximum security prison cell at Guantánamo Bay. But critics say the cell, which is an attempt to call attention to alleged human rights abuses at the camp, is missing basic amenities provided to prisoners.
The 7×10-foot cell, on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., lacks amenities like bedding, toiletries and a copy of the Koran, and it has nothing to illustrate that regular meals are served to inmates three times a day.
Here’s a standard GITMO prison cell with standard issue items provided each prisoner (not shown in Amnesty INTL display):
Are ordinary Americans heading out to the ballpark, the beach, or a backyard BBQ, who happen to run into this thing, supposed to give a rat’s ass how small a terrorist’s prison cell is? Are we supposed to care that these unrepentant terrorist thugs, captured on the battlefield, haven’t been given due process through the courts? Cause I sure as hell, don’t.
…Charles “Cully” Stimson, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, lashed out against Amnesty’s campaign, calling it a “complete fraud in misrepresenting the condition of detention at Gitmo today.”
They are just perpetuating a tired, old lie,” Stimson told FOXNews.com. He said that Amnesty’s description of conditions at the prison differs significantly from other accounts detailing the treatment of detainees over the last six years.
He pointed out that many detainees “enjoy more than 10 hours a day of recreation time at Guantánamo, which is more than any prisoner in any prison in the United States.”
“The cells at Gitmo are the same size and the same design as those throughout the United States,” he said. “And the Federal Bureau of Prisons has gone to the prison over the years and if we asked them to do it again they would certify those facilities as compliant with the standards for American jails and prisons.”
“Amnesty should be ashamed of itself, but they’re not,” he said.
No of course they’re not. I wonder why they won’t do a similar kind of tour in a country like Iran, for instance, and “raise awareness” about the conditions of their famous Evin Prison. Oh, sure they may issue the occasional tepid outcry at the abuses they hear about from a safe distance, but you’d think an outfit called Amnesty INTERNATIONAL would spend more time protesting in countries that are truly guilty of gross human rights abuses OF ITS OWN CITIZENS.
Amnesty-USA’s media relations director Sharon Sing told FOXNews.com that critics like Stimson are missing the point by focusing on the amenities, which Sing described as “comfort items.”
The purpose of the display, Sing said, is to protest “the U.S. government’s detention of people without charge or trial for six years.”
Of course the Supreme Court just guaranteed the lot of them their day in court, so that’s really a moot point.
It makes you wonder if this is just more BDS inspired theatrics…
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers, who has a few choice words for “The traveling Circus Of Douchebaggery”.
John from This Ain’t Hell took the Guantanamo Cell Tour at the National Mall in Washington DC, and took lot’s of pictures, as well as video. As I suspected, it fell flat with ordinary Americans.