It was a good decision to suspend Watkins
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I was elated that the West Virginia Supreme Court suspended Judge William Watkins without pay for the remainder of his term. When the video of his abuse of Rev. Arthur Hage circulated on YouTube, there was much discussion among my friends about the lack of protection of the rights of citizens in your state. I hope the Rev. Hage sues Watkins for violation of his civil rights.
There has been enormous discussion about the erratic behavior of Watkins and none of us could believe that he could remain on the bench after the way he screamed like an idiot at Hage, who remained calm and respectful toward this tyrant who even went so far as to belittle Hage's Christianity. How can someone with Watkin's demeanor even be considered to be capable of making a sane decision?
I applaud the news median in your area for keeping the public informed about the dispensing of justice to Watkins.
Where is the outrage over Guantanamo?
Imagine that Russia, or Iran, had "disappeared" more than 150 people from various nations, including Americans, into a black hole of a prison, without any charges, without any trials, and without any guarantee of eventual release. Now imagine that these people are periodically subjected to various forms of torture such as waterboarding, sensory deprivation, extreme cold and ritual humiliation.
Do you think our media would express outrage at this behavior? Do you think our politicians would grandstand, condemning these "barbaric actions?" Do you think citizens would consider military action to end this injustice?
Now, think about Guantanamo Bay. Where are the outraged voices of our media? Where are the condemnatory voices of our politicians? Where is the outrage of our citizenry? There is none. Instead, we seem content to avert our eyes and pretend that the situation doesn't exist, like a family with a crazy relative living in the attic.
We read books like "Hitler's Willing Executioners," which examine how Germans during the 1930s averted their eyes to what was happening. All we really need to do is to look in the mirror. U.S. media won't even talk about the desperation-fueled hunger strike currently in progress at Guantanamo Bay.
Over half of the "detainees" currently at Guantanamo Bay have already been cleared for release, and yet they languish in cells, cut off from the rest of the world for years. Many other detainees have never been charged with anything.