I am not surprised by the demeanor of the alleged masterminds of Sept. 11 at their arraignment at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba ["A protest in silence," News, May 6]. Neither torture nor cessation of habeas corpus is consistent with our principles as written in the Constitution. Presumption of innocence, prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, the right to a speedy and public trial, and the right to due process have been summarily dismissed by the Bush and Obama administrations.

What should have already occurred is a trial, at The Hague, for the various participants, including former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, so that they could answer for their crimes after Sept. 11. Now, our nation becomes viewed as merely a vengeful, lying, unprincipled one that doesn't seem to believe in justice or the rule of law.

Joe Esposito, Rocky Point