In the recent article, "Attorney's career leads to Guantanamo," Attorney Carlos Warner asserts that he will represent his client as his own and in the same sentence reveals he is also working to shut down the doors of Guantanamo. Mr. Warner says he can't release any details of the case -- just before he releases details of the lovely letters he received from his client. He compliments his detainee's "jovial personality," language skills and his knowledge of the U.S. Is he suggesting to the readers that this detainee with ties to Bin Laden is just "one of the guys"? Nothing to see here … no big deal?
I can't tell you how furious I was when I read, and I quote, "some Hudsonites do not understand that Guantanamo is still open." How insulting. Believe me, Mr. Warner, as the mother of a U.S. Army tank commander who has served over three yearlong tours in Iraq, I am very well aware that Guantanamo is still open and thank God that it is. People in Hudson can sleep at night because the terrorists are not in our back yards.
Let me be clear. The men detained at Guantanamo are not there because we are prejudiced or intolerant.
I support the idea that Mr. Warner has to represent his client fairly and without prejudice. It is the American way. What I object to is that this case is being used to promote the political ideology of the Washington elite. We Washington outsiders know your client is not just a jovial, misunderstood, gentlemen Islamist.
Please, Mr. Warner, before you make an assumption about Hudsonites, and what we understand about Guantanamo, maybe you should talk to one of our military families. I would be happy to introduce you to them.