Now That’s What I Call Justice
Six years and no filed charges later, Sami Al Hajj, the Al Jazeera cameraman, is released from Guantanamo Bay. The New York Times:
The Pentagon several times changed its assertions about Mr. Hajj. But military officials have insisted recently that he carried money intended for Chechen rebels.
He had been an Al Jazeera employee for only a short time when he was captured in 2001 by Pakistani forces at the Afghan border. He was later turned over to American forces and, in 2002, sent to Guantánamo.
Sami Al Hajj never posed any threat to the United States of America. How can I say that? Because if there was credible evidence against him — especially by the standards of the military commissions established for Al Qaeda detainees — he would have been charged. Instead, he was detained for six years for shifting reasons and based on secret evidence. You would have to be a fool to give the Bush administration the benefit of the doubt.
And you shouldn’t have to. That’s the point of a justice system — to establish guilt and to vindicate innocence. Instead we have Guantanamo justice, under which the basic facts of not a single dispute can be demonstrated compellingly.