N.J. Rep. Regrets Calling Detainees Lower Than Hitler
TRENTON, N.J. – Congressman Frank LoBiondo (search) apologized for suggesting that Guantanamo Bay detainees were worse than Adolf Hitler (search) because the Nazi dictator "sort of had a political rationale about what he was doing."
The New Jersey Republican made the remark on a radio talk show this past week, describing his recent visit to the Naval Base in Cuba. Muslim terrorists, he said, were more evil than Hitler.
"Hitler, in his philosophy, was, you know, he hated Jews, he was murdering Jews, and there were some people he liked. But he never went to the level that these people are going to," LoBiondo said.
A caller objected to the statement only a few minutes later.
"You're right. You're right. I was wrong. I should not have used that and I apologize," LoBiondo responded.
He told The Press of Atlantic City that the comparison was a bad one.
"I was trying to make a point about a terrible group," he said in Saturday's editions. "If I had a string, I would have taken it back immediately."
A member of the House Armed Services Committee, LoBiondo traveled to Guantanamo Bay (search) on Monday to inspect the facility, which holds 520 detainees captured in Afghanistan. He voted against an independent panel to investigate allegations of prisoner abuse there.