The British government has decided to pay former detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, tens of millions of dollars in compensation and conduct an independent investigation into its role in the mistreatment of prisoners.
The United States still operates the Guantánamo camp, with no end in sight. None of the truly dangerous terrorists there have been brought to justice, while many prisoners are still held who never should have been. The government not only refuses to come clean on this ignoble history, but it is covering up the Bush administration’s abuses by denying victims a day in court.
Canada compensated Maher Arar, a Canadian torture victim, who was the victim of a rendition while on U.S. soil. Not only did the U.S. fail to offer this victim compensation, it block his law suit, claiming national security interests.
Now Britain has decided to step up and compensate more victims of American foreign policy. Good for them, bad for us. The Bush regime has no shame, and the Obama administration is making the same mistakes by covering up for the Bush war crimes.
Sort of a hollow gesture to point out human rights abuses by other countries when our own house is in such disarray.