Thursday, January 12, 2012

The black hole of Guantanamo

When killing becomes routine, I guess they feel the need to desecrate. There's nothing particularly new in this --- except the laws against it.

That's just awful. That it comes on the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo makes it all the worse.

Dahlia Lithwick has an excellent piece up about that tragic decision and the legal fallout, which contains many insights, this one especially:

The paradox of Guantanamo has always been that it’s been invisible to so many Americans, and yet the only thing the rest of the world sees. The whole point of the prison camp there was to create a legal black hole. We’ve fished our wish: The world sees only blackness; we see only a hole.

Read on...

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