Pubdate: Wed, 17 May 2006
Source: Register-Guard, The (OR)
Copyright: 2006 The Register-Guard
Author: Michael T. Hinojosa


Now that he has been arrested, you would think that the harmless 
little fuzz ball Rush Limbaugh would have some compassion for the 
hundreds of suspects that have just been released from military 
prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. These suspects have been held without 
any charges or trials.

Like Limbaugh, these illegally detained suspects had proclaimed their 
innocence, but they have had their lives in limbo for more than four 
years, imprisoned without rights, while a military tribunal 
determined their fate.

Booked on a felony charge that carries a five-year prison sentence, 
Limbaugh's lawyer cut a deal that freed him on $3,000 bail and a 
30-month drug-free probation. Limbaugh sells "Club Gitmo" shirts and 
hats to his fans, mocking the treatment that the hundreds of released 
detainees received from the U.S. military.

If Limbaugh did show some compassion, he might risk losing support 
from his conservative, compassionate Republican fans and their 
financial support, and money will trump compassion for "ditto heads" 
every time.


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