Today Little Scottie opened the gaggle with…
MR. McCLELLAN: All right, good morning, everybody. Let me begin with the President’s day. The President spoke with Secretary General Annan this morning. The Secretary General initiated the call. He called to brief the President on his trip to Africa.
Which leaves me wondering if Anan also mentioned the fact that U.S. forces are detaining thousands of Afghans and Iraqis in violation of international law as he reported to the UN Security Council yesterday.
Next, Scottie wants to get mo’ GITMO.
Q Could I ask you one thing on Guantanamo? The President seemed to kind of leave the door open to possibly closing it, but then Rumsfeld said there was no talk at all of closing down Guantanamo.
MR. McCLELLAN: No, what the President said was that we’re — essentially what I said in the briefing yesterday, that we’re — well, one, I want to back up, because talking about these detainees — these are enemy combatants who were picked up on the battlefield and are either involved in plots to do harm to America or — well, they are people that seek to do harm to America and to the civilized world. They’re there for a reason, and we must remember that we are a nation at war. That’s one of the messages the President will talk about today in his remarks, that the terrorists are patient and they want us to grow complacent. We will not, under this President. And that’s why not only are we staying on the offensive abroad to go after those who seek to do us harm, but we’re also taking — doing everything we can at home to protect the American people here.
In terms of Guantanamo Bay, the President said that we’re always looking at all alternatives when it comes to dealing with these detainees and how we protect the American people. You recall that a number of these detainees have been returned to their country of origin. That is when we either thought that we had — they were no longer a threat and we had obtained all the information we needed from them to be able to disrupt plots, or we had assurances from that government that they would look after those individuals.
Q So the bottom line is —
MR. McCLELLAN: And that’s all the President was saying, is that we’re always looking at all alternatives.
Q Bottom line is he’s completely ruled out closing down Guantanamo?
MR. McCLELLAN: I’m sorry?
Q The bottom line is that he’s completely ruled out —
MR. McCLELLAN: I would leave it — I would say what the President said, that we’re always looking at all alternatives for dealing with detainees. That’s what he said yesterday and that’s where we are.
The “bottom line” is the Bush assministraion is planning to continue running its GITMO Gulag as long as the American People let them get away with it.
As for Scottie’s statement that “they are people that seek to do harm to America and to the civilized world”, seems to me that they should have some form of due process before such an inflamatory claim could be made, innocent until proven guilty and all that. We know for a fact that a good number of the detainees were either in the wrong place at the wrong time or were sold down the river by Afghani warlords. As usual, Scottie is full of shit.