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Thursday, September 14, 2006

The hypocritical oaf: Frist do more harm *

Last week, WIIIAI wrote this:
One effect of transferring prisoners from CIA custody to Guantanamo is that Gitmo now has real terrorists people have heard of, like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Well, it didn't take cat-killer Frist long to jump on that opportunity. He visited Gitmo last Sunday, and gave this report on the Senate floor:
Being there on the same island as some of the world's most hardened terrorists--like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man the 9/11 Commission calls the "principal architect of the 9/11 attacks"--was a vivid reminder that the detainees at Guantanamo remain locked up for a critical purpose: to protect Americans. If we let them go, there is no question in my mind that many would return to what they were doing before they were captured: plotting new ways to attack us.
As has been clearly proven in a court of law, right, Dr. Frist? Frist shows his usual respect for justice by avoiding using any terms that might prejudice any court or tribunal that may eventually some day try some of these detainees:
There has been a lot of debate recently about how we should prosecute terrorists. ... These men are dangerous terrorists who remain a threat to the safety and wellbeing of every American. They are militant extremists whose goal in life is to kill Americans and destroy our freedom and security.
Probably figured that out by watching a video tape. But the doctor is impressed with the treatment of these dangerous militant extremists:
They receive nutritious meals--on average, they have gained weight. They get regular exercise--typically 1 to 2 hours per day. They receive mail from their families. They see their lawyers. And they receive 24/7 medical care--better than many Americans.
So, Dr. Frist, what are YOU doing to see that Americans have access to medical care as good as that available to dangerous militant extremist terrorists? What CAN you do, being only a humble Senate Majority Leader?

More tax cuts, probably.

* This headline is based on a popular misconception, which I shared until about 30 seconds ago, which is that the Hippocratic Oath contains the phrase "First, do no harm." It does not. I still think it's a funny headline, though.