http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/12/03/i_will_never_leave_guantanamo/Chained to the floor of a cell in Camp Six, Guantanamo, Joseph said nothing. But he had some news for us, too.The Court of Appeals had decided what record - what pieces of paper - it would examine when it considered his "Detainee Treatment Act" case. This was big. For months, we urged the Bush administration to release its exculpatory evidence about Joseph. Joseph's lawyer won the case. In July. But, of course, by October, the administration had still not released the exculpatory documents. They had, instead, filed more briefs, moved for reconsideration, contemplated an appeal.No one alleges that Joseph was ever a terrorist, or a soldier, or a criminal. The military told him in 2002 he was innocent. Again in 2003. Again in 2006. . .For two years and three months he'd been asking the federal judiciary to hear a few simple facts. No judge ever has."I also have something important to tell you," Joseph said. "About my wife."Joseph (a pseudonym) wanted to get a message to his wife to move on with her life. He wanted her to know that he wasn't abandoning her, that he loved her, but that she was getting older and needed to end their marriage and get on with living without him.Camp Six is complete isolation. The men call it the dungeon above the ground. He is held alone in a metal cell, denied any contact with companions, books, news, the world - with his wife or child.North Korea used this isolation technique against our airmen in 1952. We know a good idea when we see it, so the taxpayers paid $30 million to Dick Cheney's former company to duplicate North Korea.That's Joseph's life for the past six years and for the foreseeable future. Somewhere in a file drawer in Guantanamo is a copy of the memo that clears Joseph for release. But it was written in 2006, and is as forgotten as he is. So the good husband did the last thing a man in isolation can do. He set his wife free from her husband's prison.What, exactly, do conservatives who support the indefinite detention of human beings whom the government acknowledges are perfectly innocent of any crimes, mean by "family values?"And what in HELL do they mean by "justice?"SLL
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