The American system of justice

Shorter version of Glenn Greenwald (you really ought to read the whole thing, though): Important government officials can torture and abuse with impunity and if you are accused of terrorism– even if you are an American on American soil– you can be tortured and abused without recourse.  And the media will get the story all wrong.  I don’t doubt that Jose Padilla is a bad guy who wished harm on America (though there’s basically no evidence he was ever a “dirty bomber”), but since when do we treat people accused of crimes like we’re some backwater Iranian prison?!  (Oh right, since 9/11).

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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