Our Bill of Rights, which sanctifies habeas corpus, states that prisoners cannot be held indefinitely without being charged in a court of law.
To our eternal shame, there have been some bumps in the road. During the Civil War, and most notably during World War II when we interred Japanese Americans.
The Bush administration is another ignominious bump.
With little fanfare, the Bush administration has allowed four prisoners that were tortured under the guidelines set forth by Alberto Gonzales, and were held in Guantanamo Bay without charge for three years, to return home to Britain.
Three years in jail without charge. Welcome to the new America.