Published in Sunset District Examiner
May 6, 2013
Amid the controversy over the force-feeding of hunger-striking inmates at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and the admission of a former White House lawyer that the drone program is simply a replacement for Gitmo, the issues of torture and detention are thankfully putting pressure on President Obama and making media headlines.
While the torture and rendition program run by the Bush administration, the illegal detentions at Guantanamo Bay, and President Obama’s continuance of these policies in Bagram and Mogadishu are gross violations of domestic and international law, the torture, mistreatment, and abuse inside America’s prisons reveals a systemic problem with our judicial system both at home and abroad.
A Mother Jones exposé by James Ridgeway and Jean Casella on America’s worst prisons document a prison-industrial-complex system that one would expect to find in China, Russia, or some of the worst police states in the world, not in a supposed constitutional republic with a government restrained by the Bill of Rights.
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Robert Taylor, Sunset District Libertarian Examiner
Robert is a college student living in the beautiful Sunset District of San Francisco, overlooking Golden Gate Park. He is a defender of liberty, free markets, peace, and localism.
I found this article because it was published in the Libertarian Party News, Issue 5, May 19, 2013