Many months have passed since the accused Afghan terrorists were imprisoned in Cuba. I understand that we are faced with new threats that require extraordinary precautions. Many of the accused terrorists should have been detained and held for interrogation. However, as a lawyer and believer in the Bill of Rights, I am increasingly troubled by America's failure to extend basic human rights to the captives in Cuba.
America should not abandon its ideals because these men are known criminals. America is a shining city on the hill whose strength is in its unwavering commitment to human rights. We must bring these men to trial and commit them to prison or release them. To do less will demonstrate that Americans abandon their ideals when the going gets tough.
Scott H. Clark