January 16, 2009

Commentary: What should follow closure of Guantanamo?

When President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in on Tuesday, he will face the daunting task of meeting the high expectations of an America hungry for wholesale change and yearning to recover from an eight-year assault on its treasured constitutional values by the administration of George W. Bush. Nothing is more emblematic of that assault than the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and its shameful military commissions. It is there that due process has been suspended, the Constitution has been disregarded, and our commitment to human rights has been stained by torture.

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