Date: May 3 2002

Sent to but not published in the Boston Globe

The Supreme Court is presently considering whether US Citizens who have been declared "enemy combatants" should have access to lawyers. In reaching a decision, its members should reflect on the information coming belatedly out of Iraq. In Iraq, prisoners, presumably genuine prisoners of war, held incommunicado have suffered torture. That terrible failure of US policy is a powerful argument in favor of a Supreme Court's ruling in favour of those seeking access to legal support.