Not guilty

Hey, did you have the impression that there was a spy ring involving Islamic chaplains and Arabic interpreters at Guantanamo? Me, too.

Apparently there wasn’t. Don’t you love it when “innocent until proven guilty” actually comes up with the right answer?

Note that being innocent of anything more serious than an extracurricular romance (and having the FBI investigators working on the case believe in his innocence from the git-go) didn’t spare Capt. Yee 76 days in solitary, much of it in manacles.

I’m listening closely for the apologies from all the religious bigots who presumed that Yee and al-Halabi were guilty of treason.

I’m still listening …

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: