A Letter to ‘The Guantanamo Lawyers’ — U.S. Supreme Court Turns Its Back on Fairness

Here is a letter I wrote to authors Mark Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz of “The Guantanamo Lawyers” upon hearing the news that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of detainees of Guantanamo prison.

June 12, 2012

Distinguished Gentlemen:

Today, I read in the L.A.Times that the U.S. Supreme Court will not hear appeals for release from seven detainees of Guantanamo prison. This is sad news compared to the joyful news four years ago when the same court ruled detainees have a right to habeas corpus.

Your important book, “The Guantanamo Lawyers,” relates again and again, even though the courts rule for release, the administration wins a reversal, likely not wanting the embarrassment of unsupportable evidence for imprisoning and torturing coming to light, especially in view of the bounty system, granting kidnappers $5,000 for each man turned over to the Americans, ostensibly as Al Queda or Taliban fighters.

When I finished reading “The Guantanamo Lawyers,” I sent for Arthur Koestler’s “Darkness at Noon,” which I had read in 1942 when I was twenty-two, as your book awakened old feelings about interminable unwarranted prison sentences and torture in Russia.

As a writer, mindful of copyright regulations, I shall juxtapose accounts from your book, with Koestler’s vivid fictional accounts, and also will draw similarities with Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s revelations of the Russian Gulag Archipelago to our “black sites” around the world.

I am writing today to let you know that I, and I’m sure very many people share your sorrow for our country at this Supreme Court decision to turn our country’s back on habeas corpus. You and the other Guantanamo Lawyers are no less soldiers fighting for our country than are our military soldiers. We lost this battle you and others fought for us, but, as you and they did over and over, you will regroup, redesign, and try one more time, and then again, one more time.

In the meantime I’ll see what I can do by dredging up historical comparisons which point the route toward totalitarianism.

Most sincerely,
June Stephenson Bailey, Ph.D.

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About June Stephenson

June Stephenson is the author of 20 books about women’s issues, parental responsibility, the humanities, philosophy, comparative religion, music, architecture, parenting, sexual abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, incest, crime, women’s studies, aging, tyranny, family, marriage, and divorce. The accomplished author has a degree from Stanford in economics and a Ph.D. in psychology with 25 years of teaching experience in history and English. Stephenson’s well-researched and documented approach combined with an easy-to-read style, offers readers enrichment and enjoyment. She also is an award-winning artist with many red ribbons from juried art shows throughout California. Stephenson has two daughters and two granddaughters, and lives in Palm Desert, California, with her Labradoddle named Happy.

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