Monday, July 30, 2007

Karen Greenberg on how U.S. undermined it moral standing to assail Iran for detaining Americans

Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Bush Policy Detained in Iran

Blowback, Detainee-style
The Plight of American Prisoners in Iran
By Karen J. Greenberg

"For Americans, it should be startling to see the word "detainee" suddenly appear in a different country, on a different continent, and referring not to alleged jihadi terrorists but to a group of Americans. After all, "detainee" is the word the Bush administration coined to deal with suspected terrorist captives who, they argued, should be subjected to extra-legal treatment as part of the Global War on Terrorism. Now, that terminology is, as critics long predicted might happen, being turned against American citizens. I am referring to the current detention of Americans in Iran."

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