a bird and a bottle


Another Travesty of Justice
December 21, 2006, 7:50 am
Filed under: news & views, politics

The NY Times ran an editorial yesterday about the conditions of American military prisons and the subversion of justice that occurs there. When the piece is title “Only the Jailers are Safe,” you know things are bad. Very bad.

I think we can all agree that keeping Americans safe from terrorism should be a top priority for the federal government. But that can’t come at the expense of the constitutional rights and protections that we all have. Already the “war on terror” (what is it with these wars on x? they never turn out well) has done significant damage to the U.S.’s reputation abroad, as we have flouted the very ideals for which we say we stand.

How can the U.S. bring “freedom” to other countries if we don’t honor freedom or integrity ourselves? (Update: yes, I know this phrase is hackneyed at this point…but it’s still true.)

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