JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ON THE CLOSING OF GUANTANAMO AND THE CIA’S TORTURE GULAG   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

It cannot come a moment too soon.

And the only people who truly deserve trials are the administrators of these facilities, Bush’s willing helpers.

The prisoners have suffered enough for a lifetime: kidnapping, illegal imprisonment, torture, and constant threat of special trials.

America has been guilty of a terrible abuse of power here. Most of the men taken were guilty of nothing more than what thousands of Americans have done in the past.

How many American idealists or soldiers of fortune have served causes in places as varied as Spain and Africa?

Is it to be the international standard that all such are to arrested, tortured, and tried by illegitimate courts?

And that poor boy, Omar Khadr.

American soldiers shot him twice in the back – a fifteen year-old – then sent him to imprisonment and torture, and lied about what it is he is supposed to have done – all in violation of the international conventions on child soldiers.

Ghastly, shameful behavior.

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