It seems clear that DiMasi is dying because the US Justice Department, which prosecutes the accused and imprisons those found guilty, turned a blind eye to his condition. Instead of allowing DiMasi timely treatment, officials shuttled him from one prison to another in a prosecutors' version of merry-go-round. The game was intended to break DiMasi's spirit in the hopes that he would implicate other political figures — even if there were not others to implicate. Maybe prolonged debate about "enhanced interrogation techniques" of terror suspects has coarsened public opinion, but to the Phoenix, denying a man — even a convicted felon — medical treatment for a cancer that is sure to kill him is far worse than waterboarding.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Salvatore DiMasi who, in 2011 was convicted for political corruption and given an eight-year prison sentence. According to the editorial, DiMasi "is now suffering from a rare form of throat and tongue cancer that, if reports are correct, appears to be killing him." It is further noted that:
So, The Phoenix concludes, "commuting DiMasi's sentence would not only be humane, it would be a just — even if unsatisfactory — response to denying him medical care in the first place." See story here.