Election, Part 4
Whoever prevails in Tuesday's presidential election, there's a good chance that the Guantanamo Bay prison camp's days are numbered. The camp has been an embarrassment to America. Many of the people there are no more terrorists than you or I. I read the other day that many of the people held there had been turned over to U.S. or allied forces by their countrymen in exchange for bounties, and some are being held, not based on evidence, but only on the word of the people who turned them in for cash. Also recently, a U.S. military prosecutor, Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, resigned his post, accusing his office of suppressing evidence that could clear a young detainee of war crimes charges. He's not alone. The AP reports that at least three other prosecutors - military men - have quit while making claims of misconduct. They include the former chief prosecutor, Air Force Col. Morris Davis, who accused his superiors of political meddling. Guantanamo has been a black mark on the United States since we began detaining people there. The proceedings there are kangaroo courts that stray about as far as possible from what we Americans consider a true system of justice. Real justice would be served by putting an end to this travesty, and I hope the next president, whomever it may be, does the right thing.