Justice Denied at the Source

Considered Guilty Until Proved Innocent

Not one of the 762 imprisoned was ever charged with a terrorism-related crime. And many were deliberately prevented from reaching attorneys. More on that next week.

Yet, as the Times reported on June 3, the inspector general's report refused to "single out for criticism Attorney General Ashcroft or specific senior department advisers, prosecutors, or FBI agents."

In a message, I asked the inspector general how he could not criticize these official abusers of the basic due process rights of those prisoners. I have yet to get an answer.

But Ashcroft's office declared, "We make no apologies for finding every legal way possible to protect the American public from further terrorist attacks." Despite "no apologies," procedural changes are promised for the next roundup of terrorism "suspects." But no punishment yet for these derelictions of duty for anyone, from Ashcroft on down.

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