The Death of the American Dream
"In Australia a few days ago, I opened The Sydney Morning Herald. It told me, on page six, that AP, using the US Freedom of Information Act, had forced US authorities to turn over 5 000 pages of transcripts of hearings at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
One of them records the trial of Feroz Abbasi, a British prisoner who has since been released, in which Abbasi vainly pleads with his judge, a US air force colonel, to reveal the evidence against him, something he says he has a right to hear under international law. And here is what the American colonel replied:
"Mr Abbasi, your conduct is unacceptable and this is your absolute final warning. I do not care about international law. I do not want to hear the words 'international law'. We are not concerned about international law."
Alas, these words - which symbolise the very end of the American dream - are buried down the story."
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