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January 13, 2009

Detainee Was Tortured, a Bush Official Confirms - NYTimes.com

This is what the rule of law is all about.  We take risks as a society of letting some of the bad ones go if we can't legally prove he's guilty.  So even if he was the "20th hijacker" and that he remains extremely dangerous, just like organized crime bosses or other killers, if we can't prove it, they remain free.

That's what the rule of law means.  In order to protect the rest of us from arbitrary, indefinite detention by the state, robbing us of all liberty and constitutional protects.

It would not be a good thing to let him go.  But it would be a far, far worse thing to keep him.

Detainee Was Tortured, a Bush Official Confirms - NYTimes.com:

The senior Pentagon official in the Bush administration’s system for prosecuting detainees said in a published interview that she had concluded that interrogators had tortured a Guantánamo detainee who has sometimes been described as “the 20th hijacker” in the 2001 terrorist attacks.
“His treatment met the legal definition of torture. And that’s why I did not refer the case” for prosecution, Ms. Crawford was quoted as saying in an article published in The Post on Wednesday.
“There’s no doubt in my mind he would’ve been on one of those planes had he gained access to the country in August 2001,” Ms. Crawford said in the interview. “He’s a muscle hijacker.”

She added: “He’s a very dangerous man. What do you do with him now if you don’t charge him and try him? I would be hesitant to say, ‘Let him go.’ ”

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