In the wake of breaking news that the Bush administration specifically authorized waterboarding torture in writing, then covered it up, the Washington Post reports that the federal government has had to withdraw charges of conspiracy and material support for terrorism against a British resident who has been held in Guantanamo for years, Binyam Mohammed. Why? Because the charges were based on false confessions. How were the false confessions obtained? Through torture.
Yeah, torture really works wonders, doesn’t it?
Here’s the kicker: if the Supreme Court hadn’t rebuked the Bush administration and reinstated habeas corpus rights for detainees of the American government, Binyam Mohammed would still be facing these charges, because Mohammed wouldn’t have had the right to have evidence against him brought to the light of day in a court of law. Point this out the next time that some jerk says that civil rights protect terrorists. Civil rights protect the innocent.