Readers’ Forum

Gitmo prisoners

Dear editor:

The day before Thanksgiving, a TV news broadcast featured a clip of President Obama granting pardon to a Thanksgiving turkey. My response…forget about pardoning the turkey, set the illegally held prisoners Guantanamo free, so they can pardon our government for violating their basic human rights and our own constitution and the Geneva convention. They have been subjected to torture and held without trial in indefinite detention for over eleven years.

To quote Lt. Colonel Barry Wingard, “I can tell you that the situation here is extremely bad and it is brutality. I’m a military officer. I’ve been an attorney for 15 years. I’ve been in the military for 29 years, I’ve been a prosecutor in Baghdad and a war crime investigator in Bosnia.” Barry Wingard, military attorney for Gitmo inmates.

Neil Himber

Youngsville