Thanks to The Star for running the series detailing the abuse of detainees at American prisons since the sad events of 9/11 (June 15-17, A-1). I commend the McClatchy Co. for developing a comprehensive story on this subject.
However, the sad fact is that much of this information has been in the public domain for many years now. Unfortunately this information did not register with the general public before the 2004 election, when our country essentially gave its stamp of approval to these practices by re-electing the man most responsible for these abuses. American history will forever be blighted with this record of torture and the American public’s tacit complicity.
The recent Supreme Court ruling granting habeas corpus rights to these detainees is thankfully placing a roadblock in the way of the Bush administration’s attempts to hide this legacy of torture. Americans should understand that the real reason Bush fears that these detainees are given their day in court is that they will finally be allowed to detail their mistreatment in a court of law, a disgraceful spectacle that will not be easily ignored.