"This is a sad day not only for the torture victims whose attempt to seek justice has been extinguished, but for all Americans who care about the rule of law and our nation's reputation in the world," ACLU attorney Ben Wizner said. "To date, not a single victim of the Bush administration's torture program has had his day in court. ... The torture architects and their enablers may have escaped the judgment of this court, but they will not escape the judgment of history."
A few of you e-mailed asking me why I was not continuing to cover the issue of political speech. You were afraid I had received nasty e-mails. I received wonderful e-mails on that topic. I dropped it -- and C.I. dropped it -- after a piece was roughly sketched out for Third by C.I. and Jim on the topic. We'll be working on it this weekend. Jim has asked us that if we could hold off on the topic, that would be best for the article. He wants us to pour everything into that article.
If I had thought anyone would worry about it, I would have written here that I was embargoing the topic and for that reason.
But I will make one point. I write about the political prisoner Lynne Stewart very often. And I do not care for anyone who starts trying to silence speech by claiming 'what might happen.' They did that with Lynne. And that is why an attorney who fought for everyone for so many years got railroaded and is now a political prisoner.
I am also old enough to remember that we do not have to agree with political speech to defend the right to it.
Again, I am sorry if I worried anyone by not noting why the topic was tabled here. I did, while writing, often feel out on a limb alone. Then I would remember that C.I. was covering it and know that she would never leave me out there alone. If I made a point, she made another point and made it louder so that I was not standing on my own. I will always appreciate her for that because it was nervous writing about the topic. But the e-mail was all rewarding. People got it. That made me very happy.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: