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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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Too Little; Far Too Late for Prisoner's at Guantanamo

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?


parabasis said...

rock on. couldn't agree more.

of course, although the "damage is done" to our reputation etc., it's good that, with any luck, the future damage to the actual people suffering at our hands, and the damage to our national psyche and soul for appproving such tactics (yeah, I used three "p"s) can stop.

Aurangzeb said...

THe US is a fascist state that hides behind the guise of democracy...international law, geneva conventions mean nothing to a hegemon bent on abusing its powers...guantanamo continues to be the gulag of the 21st century as the world stands idle...history repeats itself because we let it...

Adam Szymkowicz said...

absolutely right, Matt Freeman.