Levin: Gitmo Detainees Have More Rights Than Cops

Mark Levin, the far-right alleged legal scholar, went on Sean Hannity’s TV show and said one of the single dumbest things ever uttered on television. He actually claimed, with a totally straight face, that detainees at Guantanamo Bay have more due process rights than those six Baltimore cops charged in the killing of a black man in custody.

“But all of that said, we should be focusing on injustice here,” Levin said. “The mob is in the state prosecutor’s office, the mob mentality. I don’t care. Look, I’m a conservative. I don’t run around defending mass murderers and terrorists and so forth, but I do believe in the constitutional system. How can it be that terrorists in Guantanamo Bay apparently have more due process rights, apparently are released even though they go back to the battlefield and they kill Americans and others, how can it be that they are treated one way and police officers another?”

How fucking delusional do you have to be to make that claim? Let’s list a few things rights those cops have that Gitmo detainees don’t:

1. The cops won’t be tortured, nor will they have confessions coerced by torture used against them.

2. They’ll get a conventional civilian trial with all of the due process rights every criminal has.

3. They’ll have an attorney.

4. They’ll be able to confront their accusers.

5. They’ll have a jury to hear the case, one that is almost certainly very biased in favor of the police.

6. They will be able to appeal their verdict.

7. They’ll be free pending trial.

Levin is lying. And he knows he’s lying. But he knows his target audience is stupid enough to believe it because it fits their preconceived notions, which are comprised of more lies spread by Levin and his ideological compatriots.

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  • theguy

    “I don’t run around defending mass murderers and terrorists and so forth”

    Plenty of cons do. (I’m thinking of the Shoebat types calling for a civil war over gay marriage)

    “but I do believe in the constitutional system.”

    Until it’s being used by people he doesn’t like, then he presumes their guilt.

    “apparently are released even though they go back to the battlefield and they kill Americans and others”

    Seems that there’s a few cops that have done exactly that.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    You forgot step 0, “No charges laid” or “Failure to indict”, where they get to skip the rest of the steps.

  • busterggi

    Clearly we must start sending cops to Gitmo.

    That’s the only way to insure it’ll finally be closed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    Terrorists released to kill more Americans…

    I honestly don’t know, and probably should. Has that actually happened? I sort of recollect that one, or more, has rejoined a terrorist group, but have any of them killed any Americans? Not that they would have any reason to…

  • moarscienceplz

    Look, I’m a conservative. I don’t run around defending mass murderers and terrorists and so forth (as long as they are only killing non-whites)

    FIFY

  • discountdeity

    Look, I’m a conservative. I don’t run around defending mass murderers and terrorists

    Make up your mind, dude. Which is it?

  • sharonb

    I listen to Levin sometimes on the rode home because I am bored and need entertainment value. He is a real nasty piece whose stock in trade is name calling (John Kerry is “mashed potato face,” har-de-har so clever!) and unsupported declarations. He thinks Obama is a Marxist; nuff said for his reasoning skills. He is a panderer to his base, who imagine themselves to be constitutional scholars, but obviously there is a low entrance standard for this self declaration. But as a tea party provocateur part excellence, he hates the Republican establishment with a passion. Very entertaining to hear him go after Boehner and Jeb. I can only pray that his antics hasten the demise of the Republican party and irrelevance of the tea turds.

  • scienceavenger

    Hey, we shouldn’t care about Gitmo expenses, because Americans spend more on antacids. No wait, that’s in comparison to campaign spending, not Gitmo, because THAT’S SO MUCH FUCKING BETTER!

    (Sigh) False equivalences, where will they end?

  • scienceavenger

    I don’t see how anyone can listen to Mark Levin, and it has nothing to do with his politics. He has the most annoying voice on the planet, a nasal whine that makes Sarah Palin sound like Morgan Freeman by comparison.

  • sharonb

    Avenger : and, he is a screaming ranter!

  • caseloweraz

    To be fair, detainees don’t have to wear body cameras.

    Also, they can enjoy the tropical breezes of Guantánamo. (Thanks, Jeff Sessions, for teaching me that line…)

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    You mean they can shoot people and get off scot free for doing it? Do tell!

  • thebookofdave

    how can it be that they are treated one way and police officers another?

    Good question, when isolated from its original context. Unintentional hat tip to Levin for that gem.

  • =8)-DX

    How can it be that terrorists in Guantanamo Bay [Cops in the US] apparently have more due process rights, apparently are released even though they go back to the battlefield force and they kill [black] Americans and others, how can it be that they [their victims] are treated one way and police officers another?”

    FTFY

  • dan4

    What’s with that weird “I don’t care” non sequitur? I can’t make heads or tails of how it fits into Levin’s rant at all.