Here’s the facts about what Senator Durbin said. I put my comments in blue, lest they be confused with his.
Senator Durbin’s Original comments on the floor on 2 February (also known as Groundhog Day)
“On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. ..... On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room (Okay, now rap music IS torture), and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.
If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings (No, they would have been bleeding, burned, poisoned, cut, beaten, electrocuted…). Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their (don’t you mean Our) prisoners.”
And his statement one hundred and thirty-five days later…from his webpage.
DURBIN STATEMENT ON PREVIOUS COMMENTS REGARDING
“More than 1700 American soldiers have been killed in
“I will continue to speak out when I disagree with this Administration.” (So this was an attack on the administration. Otherwise known as political grandstanding.
“I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood. I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my true feelings: our soldiers around the world and their families at home deserve our respect, admiration and total support.” (Sorry if you were too stupid to understand the nuances, I wasn’t calling them (you) (us) Nazis, I was simply saying that the way they (you) (we) treated prisoners was like Nazis. You(we) (those) people don’t understand the difference between the historical parallel and what is really being said.)
Support the troops? Indeed. Some examples of his support.
http://durbin.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=239099 (To his credit, He would later vote for a bill increasing VA medical care by $416 million)
00050 15-Mar S.Con.Res. 18 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 147 Rejected Stabenow Amdt. No. 147; To protect the American people from terrorist attacks by providing the necessary resources to our firefighters, police, EMS workers and other first-responders by restoring $1,626 billion in cuts to first-responder programs.
00013 01-Mar S. 256 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 16 Rejected Durbin Amdt. No. 16, As Modified.; To protect servicemembers and veterans from means testing in bankruptcy, to disallow certain claims by lenders charging usurious interest rates to servicemembers, and to allow servicemembers to exempt property based on the law of the State of their premilitary residence.
And, to see where Dick’s real agenda lies,
H Joint Res 114: To authorize the use of
Vote to adopt a joint resolution to authorize the use of
Senator Durbin’s comments came from his speech on the nomination of Alberto Gonzalez to serve as the Attorney General. In his speech, he criticizes lawyers: “And with the skill that only lawyers can bring, Mr. Gonzales, Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee and others found the loopholes, invented the weasel words and covered the whole process with winks and nods. “ Um, Senator Durbin, Aren’t you a lawyer?
Legal counsel, Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, 1972-1982
Legal counsel, Illinois Lieutenant Governor, 1969-1973.
Senator Durbin then goes on to compare Abu Gharaib and Gitmo to the interment of Japanese US citizens during WWII. (Wait a minute, slicky-boy. Those were American Citizens, and they rounded up all of the Japanese citizens on the Left
West coast. Did we start rounding up every Arab in
Sheesh. I’m going to go do laundry. Arguing with his remarks is to mental exercise as a foot race with FDR is to marathons.