April 26, 2007

by Reb Yudel
Bush makes anti-government libertarians of us all

Andrew Sullivan demonstrates how the presumption of innocence of those charged with a crime is bolstered when the prosecuting government has a track record on injustice:

I do not know all the facts about the decision by the US military to bring extremely serious charges against an officer, Lt. Col. William H. Steele, who supervised the Camp Cropper detention facility. Camp Cropper was a site where torture and abuse occurred, as it did at almost every U.S. detention camp in Iraq. But Steele, of course, is not being charged with the war-crimes that took place there. He is being charged with treason. My own sources describe him as a man of integrity, a man who actually tried to treat detainees as human beings. Another James Yee? I don't know. But I'm deeply skeptical of this accusation.
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