Tuesday, April 14, 2009


"Closing" Guantanamo

It's amazing how often I hear on the news or read that Obama has "closed Guantanamo." Of course he's done no such thing, he's announced his intention to close it, and even that has little or nothing to do with the Guantanamo prisoners, most of whom will simply be transferred to other prisons. In others words "closing Guantanamo" is a PR exercise, not any kind of actual change. Indeed, since some of the prisoners may be transferred to Bagram, and since the Administration is busy arguing in court that prisoners there have even fewer rights (if that were possible) than those at Guantanamo, "closing Guantanamo" may even prove to be a step backwards for many of the prisoners.

But amidst all that, what is forgotten are the prisoners right here in the U.S. who are subjected to Kafkaesque conditions under the cover of the so-called "war on terror." Some of those we know, like Jose Padilla or Sami al-Arian, others we don't know. The latest issue of The Nation has an excellent article on this situation which I highly recommend, especially to anyone who thinks that "closing Guantanamo" (should it actually happen) will close the book on a sordid chapter in American legal history. Hardly.

Why stop here? There's more...

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours? Weblog Commenting by HaloScan.com High Class Blogs: News and Media