Powell Calls for Closing Gitmo
Original post made by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2007
on Jun 10, 2007 at 6:52 pm
Trials have been delayed by the barratry of insisting that war prisoners are due all the rights and privileges of citizens. War is not a crime. it is war, and anyone who cannot comprehend the difference needs a new line of work.
on Jun 10, 2007 at 8:45 pm
It's not that Gitmo prisoners were to be tried as citizens but rather that an entirely new and flawed legal framework was established TWICE to try them. It has taken centuries of common law and legal rulings to establish the existing legal system. It isn't surprising that the current administration can't seem to get an entirely new legal system to a point where a judge accept their interpretation. It would have been simpler to have used the existing military justice system in the first place.
on Jun 11, 2007 at 7:18 am
The existing military/international law for prisoners caught trying to kill us while not in uniform WAS being used...it is just that dems wanted to change the existing law to treat these guys caught red-handed as if they were citizens and give them a civilian trial, and there has been wrangling ever since. The problem is that this is a war, not against countries with military in uniform, but against non-country sponsored ( at least, that is the official line) individuals who subscribe to the "ideology" that Israel needs to be wiped off the face of the earth and everyone else needs to live by their idea of Islam or die.
Figuring out how to 'try" these folks is what has slowed it all down.
That is what Walter meant.