[Guest post by DRJ]
I don’t care what Denver does to enforce order at the Democratic National Convention (or, for that matter, what Minneapolis-St. Paul does at the Republican Convention), but I wonder why more Democratic leaders aren’t complaining about Denver’s secret jails with the same fervor reserved for Guantanamo:
“The newly created lockup is on the northeast side of Denver. Protesters have already given this place a name: “Gitmo on the Platte.”
Inside are dozens are metal cages. They are made out of chain link fence material and topped by rolls of barbed wire.
“This is a secured environment,” Capt. Frank Gale of the Denver Sheriff’s Department told CBS4. “We’re concerned about how that’s going to be utilized by people who will be potentially disruptive.”
In past conventions, mass arrests have taken place.
With Denver’s jails already overflowing, new space had to be created and officers trained.
Each of the fenced areas is about 5 yards by 5 yards and there is a lock on the door. A sign on the wall reads “Warning! Electric stun devices used in this facility.”
If he wants to be consistent, I think Barack Obama should condemn actions like this by the City of Denver. After all, he doesn’t want to risk losing the endorsement of those 80 volunteer lawyers representing Gitmo detainees.