I didn't expect to blog about something so serious today, but I just saw the first video ever released from Guantanamo Bay. It is absolutely gut-wrenching to watch this 21 year old Canadian - a suspected terrorist - sob about how his body is deteriorating without medical care.
Please take a minute to watch the video. It's hard to make out sometimes, so read the article with it.
After you watch it, remind yourself that this boy was arrested at the age of 15 for being in a place possibly associated with a terrorist camp. Thanks to that stupid mistake on his part (hear the bitter sarcasm?), he has been tortured and detained for six years. Even if he is eventually convicted, how does that make the lost years of his life more expendable? Being sent to prison for a crime you're convicted of is one thing (although that system is fucked too), but being sent to prison, tortured, denied proper care AND not being convicted, well that's just plain UnAMERICAN:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.