February 8, 2015 8:11 PM
It's just an absolute disgrace that our Gitmo is still open. If this first-hand account doesn't make your stomach turn or your blood boil, then you've become disconnected with what this country was founded upon:
On or about Sept. 11, 2001, American character changed. What Americans had proudly flaunted as "our highest values" were now judged to be luxuries that in a new time of peril the country could ill afford. Justice, and its cardinal principle of innocent until proven guilty, became a risk, its indulgence a weakness. Asked recently about an innocent man who had been tortured to death in an American "black site" in Afghanistan, former Vice President Dick Cheney did not hesitate. "I'm more concerned," he said, "with bad guys who got out and released than I am with a few that, in fact, were innocent." In this new era in which all would be sacrificed to protect the country, torture and even murder of the innocent must be counted simply "collateral damage."
Thus starts Slahi's narrative. Read this now, but know that all Americans are complicit in this horrible smear on our collective reputation. And yet there is no end in sight. Which is very, very depressing.
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