The Bush Administration now concedes that the Geneva Conventions should apply to the prisoners at Guantanamo.
The damage, of course, is done. The Bush Administration has proved it's point: it can create war, it can torture, it can monitor, it can hold false trials, it can murder, it can lie, and in the end, it can remain firmly in power, with little but a few lousy polls to show for its using all sense of Democratic process and moral behavior in its wake. Now that it has been forced by the Supreme Court (not even unanimously, I might add) to acknowledge that it does not have unlimited power, it will cede only the barest amount to whatever "rule of law" is still being propped up in the corner on crutches.
After years of false prisons and waging a false war... does this Adminitration deserve even the merest applause for simply offering the legal minimum to the kidnapped?
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.