Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a professor of constitutional law who decried the policies of George Bush regarding the rights of those accused of crimes. Once upon a time, a long, long,time ago this professor of constitutional law promised if elected the rule of law would be restored. Once upon a time, not so long ago, a young soldier was accused of releasing emails written by American diplomats in which they discussed views on various foreign leaders. Bradley Manning was charged with being the source of the infamous Wikileaks and was arrested and thrown in jail. During the past year he sits in solitary confinement, must remove clothes at night and has limited access to other prisoners or ordinary facilities given those in the military who are charged with crimes. Juan Mendez, the United Nations special rapporteur for torture charges that Bradley Manning is being denied rights. Mendez says he cannot do his job if US military authorities insist on monitoring his conversations with Manning. “It is imperative that I talk with Manning under conditions where I can be assured that he is being absolutely candid.”
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, that constitutional lawyer would have been on the side of Mendez. Ah, but that was once upon a time, a long, l long time ago.