I don't think we can use the phrase "un-American" anymore. We keep getting information that we are and have been more "un-American" than American. It has to do with what we allow our government to do in our name -- how we allow it at Ferguson or Guantanamo.
It takes the resignation of one of the appointed defense lawyers at Guantanamo to give us a real view of how the American government has dealt with 9/11. Once again, our actions are bringing us a level of shame that should shock us as much or more than the event causing them.
Maj. Jason Wright, judge advocate, is removing himself as defense lawyer from the task of defending Khalid Sheikh Mohammed "the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks." Here he is in an interview with NPR:
I think it's hard to gain any client's trust, but if you add on the complexities when it comes to the so-called high-value detainees - now there's six high-value detainees who are currently being prosecuted for death penalty offenses. All six of these men have been tortured by the U.S. government. Now, with respect to Mr. Mohammed, you're looking at a level of torture that is just beyond comprehension. He was water-boarded by the CIA 183 times. He was subjected to over a week of sleep deprivation. There were threats to kill his family. And those were just the declassified facts that I'm able to actually speak about. ...NPR
In other words, classified materials remain, showing far more than waterboarding and other severe forms of prisoner torture. The secrecy is intended to keep information about how the CIA operates. This isn't secrecy in the name of American security, but secrecy about the criminality of our major "national security" agencies. And Congress goes along with the cover-up.
Wright quotes from Human Rights Watch article in Foreign Policy.
... The entire military commissions process has been affected by the original sin. And the original sin being the fact that the CIA tortured these men and that they've gone to extraordinary lengths to try to keep that completely hidden from public view. So the statute that Congress passed has a number of protections to ensure that no information about the U.S. total torture program will ever come out.
You [?] onto that how the commissions have actually operated in practice, and there are a number of constraints that have been applied upon the defense and the defense teams throughout this process. We have allegations that have been established that there were listening devices in our attorney-client meeting rooms. There were disguised smoke detectors that were, in fact, listening devices. You have the FBI, as of spring this year, trying to infiltrate in one of our defense teams.
So not only do you have a statutory design, but you actually have in practice a very large effort to try to ensure that no information about torture is ever made known in public. So it really has been an original sin that has affected the entire course of the proceedings. ...NPR
The American military and intelligence agencies are guilty -- and continue to be guilty -- of using torture, which we have been among the foremost nations to condemn and outlaw. That's bad enough. We need to know who, precisely, did the torture and (more to the point) who ordered it and (later) ordered the building of a wall -- Soviet-style -- to hide the truth.
Guantanamo is a movie set, really. The American government have set themselves up to be producers of the fantasy film being shot, scene by scene -- just off the southeastern coast of Cuba . The film they want us to see is about noble America defending itself against unlimited terrorism. But the film we are watching is about an America that has no moral boundaries. The real America has a national security system whose chief purpose is not the defense of America but the defense of government agencies and businesses operating against the interests of America.