Lt. Col. Barry Wingard's article about defending a Guantanamo detainee ("Eight Years Later, Still Waiting for Justice," Forum, July 26) has forced a huge lump in my throat. It would be much easier to forget the uncharged and non-convicted Fayiz Al-Kandari, who is caged in Gitmo.
As American kids growing up, we learned the history of evil countries and how they tortured and detained others. I am not proud of America at this moment. The Department of Justice insists on finding some way to keep these human beings in a hell we have created. Lost evidence, no witnesses and vanished pictures of torture should be reason enough to bring these people to justice or freedom.
If this is what we Americans now allow, our freedoms are in danger. The bell may toll for anyone of us. The U.S. Constitution and the Geneva Convention continue to be ignored.
I fear for the principles of democracy and our judicial system. I will not sit on the sideline and be a "good German," as people at Guantanamo suffer eight years of no trials and no justice.