In what way, other than (thank goodness) the size of the prison population, is it wrong to call the incarceration and intentional breaking of Jose Padilla an American Gulag?
So far, I can think of only one other: that eventually — far too late? — the courts probably would have forced his release into the general prison population, and the fear of this outcome forced the government’s hand. But by then the damage seems to have been done.
Perhaps that’s enough for the long run. But perhaps not.
And, by the way, that case isn’t looking so great, is it?