The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Slan­der!” Rep. Peter T. King, New York Repub­li­can and rank­ing mem­ber of the Home­land Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee, re­peated not once, not twice, but four times dur­ing an in­ter­view with In­side the Belt­way upon his re­turn last week from lead­ing a con­gres­sional fact-find­ing mis­sion to Guan­tanamo Bay, Cuba.

Mr. King said that if he had his wishes, ev­ery mem­ber of the U.S. mil­i­tary as­signed to the U.S. de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity would file law­suits charg­ing slan­der against ev­ery politi­cian, re­porter, for­eign countr y, po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist, hu­man rights group and en­emy who has charged that the sus­pected ter­ror­ists be­ing held at the prison were be­ing “mis­treated.”

The con­gress­man said the tour of Guan­tanamo Bay, Cuba, on Feb. 23 by four Repub­li­cans and two Democrats — on the same day At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric H. Holder Jr. ar­rived to as­sess the mil­i­tary cen­ter that Pres­i­dent Obama has pledged to shut down within a year — clearly re­vealed that the mostly Mid­dle East­ern de­tainees “are be­ing treated far bet­ter than they should be” — cer­tainly bet­ter than in­mates “in Amer­i­can jails,” he said.

He said the fa­cil­ity has “very hu­mane” treat­ment and priv­i­leges for “very bad” de­tainees. For that rea­son, among oth­ers, he said, “I don’t be­lieve Guan­tanamo should be closed.”

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