Law-Free Zones


Dahlia Lithwick on the broader implications of Jamie Leigh Jones: “If Jones’ allegations are true, the lesson is that this government’s convenient little ‘law free zones’ at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and black sites around the world don’t discriminate between ‘us’ and ‘them.’ If an innocent American finds herself in such a law-free zone, she’s as unlikely as any alleged terrorist to find her day in court.”

And how could it not? Over time, the mechanisms of imperial governance abroad are bound to erode democracy at home. You see it from the top down in the ways in which prominent military commanders have been inserted into partisan politics, and you see it from the bottom-up in the erosion of the rule of law.