I saw her being interviewed on TV a couple of days ago and she did an excellent job. I think she comes across even better on TV than in print. (She's the editor of Salon but could use some editing herself.) I can't remember the show. Something on MSNBC. (It's not on YouTube.) Anyway, full column here. (I edit it as follows.)
I was moved Tuesday when President Obama said, "We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals," that America would once again stand for human rights at home and abroad. Today he made good on that promise.
Guantánamo, that blight on our international conscience, will close. U.S. interrogators will adhere to common humane standards for questioning prisoners. Obama has ordered an interagency review of torture and detention policies over the last eight years. And he delayed the trial of Ali al-Marri, a legal U.S. resident who has been detained as an enemy combatant for five years without any charges being brought against him. . . .
"The message that we are sending the world is that the United States intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism and we are going to do so vigilantly and we are going to do so effectively and we are going to do so in a manner that is consistent with our values and our ideals," Obama said as he signed his four executive orders Thursday morning. . . .
At least 100 detainees have died in U.S. custody since 2002, and human rights groups have detailed terrible abuse and even torture that led to their deaths. . . .
This is so fundamentally un-American.