Published: Wednesday, May 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
"The rest have been there for up to 11 years with no trial, no formal
accusation and no recourse to the Geneva Conventions that would allow them
rights as prisoners of war."Think about the outrage in America
if another country had done this to some of our people.America would be
DEMANDING their release.What are we afraid of? Do we not have
confidence in our legal systems?We are America. Aren't we
better than that?
Prisoners at Guantanamo who are U.S. citizens should be given a trial by jury;
the others should be brought before a military tribunal. It should be done in as
timely a manner as possible.Those prisoners following the Geneva
Conventions -- including the wearing of a uniform -- should be treated according
to those conventions.Remaining Guantanamo prisoners should be
released when al-Qaeda ends its hostilities.
JoeBlow; No countries are demanding their release because they don't want
them in their country.
Agree.It is shameful. I thought we established our system of
justice because it was the morally correct way to function. Apparently
"morals" depend on one's address of origin. We've
revealed to our enemies that we are no better than them. "Do as we say, not
as we do" is our motto.
I agree with this editorial. They have a right to a fair trial, to see the
evidence against them, to be able to defend themselves. All men are created
equal. We can survice terrorists trying to kill us. But we cannot survive
introducing the practice that some people don't have the same rights as the
rest of us."Enemy combatants" is a pseudo-legal term made up
so that we can sneak around legal principles based on morality. It is an unjust
Absolutely right. Guantanamo is a disgrace to real American values.By the way, Richard Davis has been a great addition to the Deseret News. His
column is the best in the paper.
Unconventional warfare has led to unconventional consequences such as
Guantanamo. The US has had ample time to devise alternative solutions and it is
past time for closure of Gitmo detention. While of interest, the reason for
closure is not because the Europeans think so.
But waterboarding isn't torture.
"But waterboarding isn't torture."Say that to some of
the former POW's held by the Japanese. I am sure they would not agree.
Guantanamo runs 180 degrees contray to every single ideal in the United States
Constitution.Whether U.S. citizens or not, the IDEOLOGY it
represents...the very "Spirit" of the Constitution is being trampled on
at Guantanamo.It is an embarassment to everything AMERICA stands
The Constitution says "no person" shall be held in this situation,
without charges, without trial, etc. Doesn't say "no citizen" -- it
says "no person." As these individuals are persons, the US is plainly
violating its Constitution. Why is there no outcry from our "Constitutional
Conservatives" about this little slip-up?
Interesting that we started a "war" on terror when a few radicals
perpetrated a heinous crime. Yes, it was a crime. As was the Boston Marathon
bombing. We should treat them all as criminals, not as enemy combatants. Just
look what our War on Terror has created. More anti-American fanatics than we had
before 9/11. Seems like we went about this all wrong from the outset. And
attacking Iraq was the stupidest decision this country has made since, oh,
November 26, 1963.
No Trial!! They were picked up on the battlefield by the military. When the war
on terror is over, release them. Wait! no country wants them, including there
home country. Maybe the writer or those of you who support the writer's
view will welcome them in your hometowns, so you may share your values with
them? For terrorist picked up by civilian authorities such as in Boston, New
York, and Detroit trial them? Yes! trial them. That's the way the system
works.@Joe Blow "Think about the outrage in America if another
country had done this to some of our people.America would be DEMANDING
their release."Really? Without googling can you name the American held
by the Taliban the past four years? Or the two Americans held in Iran for the
past couple of years? Where's the outrage, there is no outrage. Only the
family members are outraged at the State Department, and President Obama who
ignores it. America sleeps.
"I had no answer."The answer is fairly simple. The
detainees are not citizens."It is time to close this
facility."Agreed. It's costing billions to keep it open.
But don't let detainees set foot on US soil."The Bush
administration did not want them to be tried through the civilian court system
because it claimed it had captured them in wartime."Which is
absolutely correct. The war was and is a war on terrorism."Housing them in the United States might subject them to U.S. judicial
system rules."True, and they would likely be found innocent and
turned loose on US soil... as immigrants... receiving the Obama amnesty."The Bush administration wanted the freedom to deal with them as
they wished, including torturing them (an illegal act in our legal
system)."Obama's method is to zap with drone missiles... no
questions asked (as we have seen and reported in the DNews)."Under those rules... prisoners are eligible to be returned to their
nation of origin, at least by the end of a war."The war on
terror is not over... and won't be for decades, if ever.
"When the war on terror is over, release them."Can you ever
see a day when we call the "war on terror" over?
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