Nat Hentoff of the Village Voice consistently writes insightful, factually accurate, and well-reported broadsides against the law-breaking attack on civil liberties by the Bush administration. This column, about former Guantanamo detainee Murat Kurnaz’s book, Five Years of My Life: An Innocent Man in Guantanamo, is chilling.
To deny that Bush has committed crimes – far worse than Bill Clinton’s lying under oath – is to deny the rule of law and the American ethos. He has spied without a warrant and authorized torture. I am sure that nothing is going to happen until the election, but this issue should not go away after he is out of office. America, any politician will remind you, is a nation of laws. Despite whatever opinions his Justice Department produces, Bush broke the law, and he deserves to be punished regardless of his motivation for doing so.