Detaining “military combatants” in Guantanamo… Absurd or NOT?

17 07 2008

Lets backtrack briefly. 2001September 11 terrorists with Saudi paperwork kill thousands of civilians on American soil.  Less than a month later, US and multi national forces go into Afghanistan and start piling up Taliban bodies in a search for the mastermind of the 911 attacks. American military and CIA groups start taking prisoners. They are classified as “military combatants” although many are civilian like the personal driver of Osama Bin Laden.

Eventually over 300 of these prisoners make it to a super max security detention center on a tiny piece of land in Cuba which is controlled by the US – Guantanamo Bay.

The prisoners are held without really having formal charges against them. It is a practice called “Extrajudicial detention” and it seems reasonable during a shootout, but it seems absurd that these people do not get “Due Process” after some reasonable time period.

In July 2008, the US Supreme Court ruled that these detainees have the right to challenge the legality of their imprisonment in US Civilian Courts. President Bush immediately acknowledged the decision but stated he may try to get new legislation passed for this particular situation.

Personally, I think this detention is an ABSURD Law. I think these people should be tried in Military or Civilian Courts immediately. The practice of imprisoning people without charging them is pathetic and common in dictatorships and communist countries. The US is filled with freedom loving people and we should do whatever it takes to be fair to all people. I also feel many of these prisoners should have the opportunity to choose speedy execution when they are convicted of capitol crimes, but that is another issue.

Any comments?

detention with no charges

detention with no charges