UPDATE II: Knowing that exposure of its actions would prove its severe criminality, it was just recently revealed the Bush administration also tried to induce Mohamed to accept a gag order similar to the one Hicks accepted, whereby Mohamed would have been freed from Guantanamo last year if he agreed (a) not to talk publicly about the treatment he received and (b) cease all efforts to prove in court that he was tortured and/or to obtain documents proving that he was mistreated (h/t Jim White). He refused.is no longer in control of our government. The people who made the decisions which led to situations such as the one described above need to be investigated and tried for war crimes. We will lose whatever authority we have left as an advocate of peace, justice, and the rule of law in the world if we fail to do this.
So: we put people into cages for years with no charges and tortured them, and then told them that we would release them only if they agreed to keep silent about what we did to them and renounce all claims for judicial accountability and disclosure. If they refused the vow of silence -- as Mohamed did -- they would stay in their cage.
Friday, March 27, 2009
In case I haven't been clear
I'm glad that Barack Obama is our President. I don't agree with some of the things he has done, but I'm very glad that the Party of George W. Bush and John McCain and that is responsible for this: