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June 14, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Guantanamo Bay detention center

We’re not so brave after all

Let me get this straight: The tiny island nation of Palau is willing to take multiple soon-to-be-ex detainees from Guantanamo Bay’s detention facility while some of these former terrorist suspects — but really they are not — are already in Bermuda [“6 detainees released to other countries,” News, June 12]. Meanwhile, big gun-toting states like Texas are too afraid.

Gee, so much for “home of the brave.” How embarrassing.

— Bert Schulz, Redmond

Support our troops: don’t close Guantánamo

Please support the War Supplemental Bill [“War-funding bill back on track for passage,” seattletimes.com, Politics & Government, June 11] to give our troops what they need.

I urge you to take action to keep our troops from being used as political pawns. Our brave soldiers risk their lives every day to protect and advance freedom. They put their country before themselves, and they deserve a government that puts their needs above politics. Any unnecessary delay of their funding dishonors the service and sacrifice of our troops and their families.

Reject putting funds in the War Supplemental Bill that pay for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, and fight the release of the detainee abuse photos.

These are vital issues to our national security and the ability of our troops to accomplish their missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

— Barbara Brazil, Kent

Lack of consequences means torture will continue

In the past year, many organizations and churches in Seattle stood up and opposed the government’s policies and practices of torturing prisoners. There have been street demonstrations and huge banners on the fronts of churches and buildings. What has been done about it? Nothing.

The same thing that was done about illegal wiretaps, lying us into war in Iraq, the stealing of elections by George W. Bush and dozens of other major crimes. Nothing.

So, it appears, nobody will be blamed for the torturing of innocent prisoners — prisoners who were never accused of crimes let alone convicted or sentenced to any punishment. Instead, the media provide a microphone for Dick Cheney to repeat his vicious slander of people around the world, slander that divides us all.

Like war, it seems, torture will continue. And lawlessness itself will continue. What scandal will be on the front page in 2010? Rest assured — nobody will be punished except “the little people.”

— Todd Boyle, Kirkland

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