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Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Prison that Won't Go Away

President Obama has decided to keep open the military prison at Guantanamo and will continue trial by Military Commission (The Prison That Won't Go Away, New York Times, March 8, 2011).

After President Nixon ordered his Attorney General to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, Attorney General Elliott Richardson and his deputy William Ruckelhouse resigned in protest.

Where are resignations from the Justice Department in protest against this misguided policy?

Why has no one raised a voice against a policy that will continue to damage the US in terms of its standing abroad, especially in the Arab world.

Because it is President Obama, from whom so much was expected, who has endorsed the Bush policy, it may be that the world's reaction will be even more severe than it was to the intial imposition of the policy.

It is a sad day for America.

Sent to New York Times

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