On one of his first days as chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) touted a bill to block closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison [“GOP senators want to curb Guantanamo releases,” news, Jan. 14]. When terrorists attack, he said, we can interrogate Guantanamo captives to gain insight into the plot.
How gullible does he think the American people are? The last detainee entered Guantanamo in 2008. There’s no real-time intelligence to be gained there. “When we look at Paris,” Mr. Burr said, “anyone at Guantanamo is a legitimate source to go to.” Mr. Burr wants us to believe fresh captives flow constantly into Guantanamo. Or he wants to put more there.
Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo are principal reasons that Islamic terrorists take up arms against the United States. If Mr. Burr had our safety at heart, he would help send home the Guantanamo detainees already cleared for release and seek trials for the remainder in federal court. Instead, Mr. Burr tries to play us for fools. In the process, he looks foolish himself.
Christina Cowger, Raleigh, N.C.
The writer is coordinator of North Carolina Stop Torture Now.