First, please read Glenn Greenwald’s summary of the course of the practice of indefinite detention by the United States. Here’s a short excerpt:
(2) The Boumediene Supreme Court decision was a 5-4 vote; thus, four Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold the constitutionality of imprisoning human beings indefinitely, possibly for life, without even the minimal protections of a habeas hearing. Had Anthony Kennedy voted with his conservative colleagues, not only would Boumediene and dozens of others still be wrongly imprisoned, but the power which the U.S. has long taught its citizens is the defining hallmark of tyranny — the power to imprison without due process — would have been fully enshrined under American law.
Then please read Boumediene’s own story of his nightmare at the hands of the U.S.
Boumediene’s story was published, dateline Nice, France, on January 7, my late father’s birthday. That’s my father, who went into combat along with all the Bates brothers, to save us from totalitarian rule and protect due process of law in America. That’s my father, who taught me to love my country despite all its manifest flaws, to take pride in its righteousness and yet condemn the outrages it committed and try to correct them. My father would have been horrified at Boumediene’s treatment. I know I am.
This is not the country I grew up loving. This is not even the painfully flawed nation of the stark inequality of minorities, especially before the mid-Sixties. This is not even a nation that repudiates torture.
In short… America is broken. America needs repair. And I do not see how the repair can be accomplished. If America continues practicing indefinite detention without due process of law, practicing raw torture, perpetuating dire economic hardship among half its people… how long can it last? How long should we want it to last?
(H/T Avedon Carol for the link to Greenwald’s article.)