Sen. Inhofe: Liddy An "Authority" On Gitmo Because He Was In Prison

March 12, 2010 3:40 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

On G. Gordon Liddy's radio show today, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) condemned the Obama administration's effort to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.  Inhofe said that the biggest problem with holding detainees there is "obesity" because "these guys have never eaten so well in their lives!" Liddy weighed in moments later, noting that he spent "five years in nine different prisons." Apparently, Inhofe agreed that Liddy's criminal record makes him something of an expert on detention policy. "I'm glad you said that because, see, you speak with authority on that," Inhofe said.

INHOFE: It's a state of the art kind of facility.  There's nothing that is better than, I mean, there's no incarceration facility in the world that is run better than Gitmo is.  You know their biggest problem they have there, G. Gordon?

LIDDY: No, sir.

INHOFE: It's obesity. 'Cause these guys have never eaten so well in their lives! So, anyway, let's just go ahead and have the trials there.  If we have to leave them there for the rest of their lives, that's fine.  Either that or execute them.  You know, these guys are not criminals.  These are terrorist detainees, and there's a big difference.  You put those into our incarceration system and integrate them with the prison population, by definition, these guys teach other people to be terrorists.  A guy might be in there for stealing hubcaps, he's going to come out a terrorist.  We don't want that.  The best thing to do is keep Gitmo open. 

LIDDY: Yeah, you know, I've been -- I spent five years in nine different prisons in this country and one thing I observed from there, they're all constructed so as to keep people in.  They are very vulnerable to an attack upon the exterior.  And these terrorist people can get their terrorist buddies to make an attack on the exterior and, you know, blow a hole in it and let them all out. 

INHOFE: I'm glad you said that because, see, you speak with authority on that. 



Liddy originally received a 20-year sentence for his role in the Watergate scandal.  He has also acknowledged plotting murders and domestic terror attacks.