Saturday, June 6, 2009

Embarrased by Torture? How about Executions without Trial

Unable to make a clean break with the Bush administration's criminal policies at Guantanamo (and elsewhere), President Obama is now compounding the problem of how to try alleged terrorists with evidence derived from torture, by seeking to execute them without trial. According to William Glaberson's reporting in the NYTimes, the Obama administration is considering allowing martyrdom seeking detainees to plead guilty and be executed without trial.

Having shamed ourselves before the world with torture, we are no doubling down our shame by executing (itself a human rights violation) people without trial.

Enough. Close gitmo now!

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