Whether it was a series of misjudgments and missteps, as Peter Finn and Anne E. Kornblut laid out in their April 24 front-page article, “How the White House lost on Guantanamo,” or conscious and crass political calculations, as the record of the Obama Justice Department and White House could be argued to demonstrate, the end result is the same: a bastardization of the rule of law and a condemnation, of particular concern in the case of the more than 75 men who remain in the prison at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for release, to a future of unjust imprisonment.

While the article steered clear of laying blame at anyone’s feet (instead seeming to insinuate a sort of collective blame), when it comes to Guantanamo Bay, the politics of fear and cynicism have won out over any promised hope or change.

Matthew W. Daloisio, New York

The writer is an organizer with Witness Against Torture.