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Is Congress Guilty of Torture?

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Guantanamo Bay is an abomination and "Al Qaeda's number one recruiting tool." 

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George W. Bush was a war criminal, but Republicans are doing everything they can to erase that from the history books, and make sure that Obama shares in the blame for Bush's war crimes.

Guantanamo Bay is an abomination; A Republican abomination.

It violates both international and U.S. law, and is, according to Matthew Alexander, a former senior military interrogator in Iraq, "Al Qaeda's number one recruiting tool." 

Despite the unconstitutional horrors and atrocities that have taken place at Gitmo since it first began taking in prisoners 12 years ago, the prison doors are still open, and the horrors are continuing.

Right now, there are 155 men being detained at Gitmo.

And according to a new report by the human rights group Reprieve, 33 of those men are on a hunger strike, in protest of their detainment and of the conditions at the prison. 

That includes 16 men who are being force-fed, which means they're going through unthinkable pain as military officers shove food down a feeding tube in their throats.

The worst part of all of this is that many of these men have already been cleared for release by the U.S. government.

But because Gitmo's doors are still open, these men are still prisoners.

And that's largely thanks to Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Republicans say they're worried about closing Gitmo because they think Gitmo detainees being released will turn around and attack America.

But that has nothing to do with it.

The real reason why Republicans are keeping Gitmo open is because they're still concerned about the legacy of George W. Bush, and they know that one of the biggest stains on his presidency are the atrocities and international war crimes that have been committed at Guantanamo Bay.

So, Republicans are trying to pass on some of the blame for Gitmo to President Obama.

President Obama made it clear before he was even president that he wanted to shut down Gitmo for good.

He campaigned on that promise, and has repeated it throughout his presidency.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle (more...)

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