Friday, December 2

rip rule of law?

I was reading an article about the legal wranglings over Jose Padilla yesterday which made this startling paragraph:

"Yesterday's New York Times, quoting unnamed current and former government officials, said the main evidence of Mr Padilla's involvement in the plots against US cities had come from two captured al-Qaida leaders, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, believed to be the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, and Abu Zubaydah, a leading al-Qaida recruiter. But the officials told the newspaper Mr Padilla could not be charged with the bomb plots because neither of the al-Qaida leaders could be used as witnesses as they had been subjected to harsh questioning and could open up charges from defence lawyers that their earlier statements resulted from torture. Officials also feared that their testimony could expose classified information about the CIA prison system in which the men were thought to be held."


What popped into my mind as I read it was a statement of Bush's, "We are finding terrorists and bringing them to justice." Hmmm... Perhaps he has a new definition of "justice," like he has found a new definition for "torture."

It strikes me that the Bush administration has done all that it can to avoid the traditional justice system and that the course he has embarked upon will only make the rule of law more difficult to reimpose in the wake of his "fixing" the world.

Well, this is my first attempt at using this blog thingy. I hope it turns out allright.

1 comment:

joe shikspack said...

Hmmm... sorry to betray my ignorance, but for some reason my link to the article didn't display.

I'll try this again:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,12469,1650418,00.html