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Prison Hunger Strikes from Guantánamo Bay to Pelican Bay Show That Our 'Justice' System Is Out of Control

Obama’s unique brand of legalism allows abuses like Gitmo’s hunger strikers to fade away under the lovely veneer of civility and the call for sensibleness.

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Colin Dayan is Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University and author of The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons, The Story of Cruel and Unusualand Haiti, History and the Gods.

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