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Monday, June 15, 2009

Holding Detainees Accountable Isn't Enough

I have a new piece up in Newsmax today:

"Holding Detainees Accountable Isn't Enough"

"Putting someone like Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, or any other al-Qaida loyalist for that matter, in a United States prison is like handing them a cell phone with Osama bin Laden’s telephone number pre-programmed in it."



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Anonymous said...

I can see the point you are trying to make for sure. I personally think that Gitmo should be allowed to remain open. Since none of the people who are detained there have in any way obeyed the Geneva convention they can technically be executed as spies.
Nonetheless I would have to argue that all factors equal there are FAR WORSE people in Supermax prisons than terrorists. For what they have done? Perhaps not. But there are people in those prisons who would make some of these detainees pray for waterboarding and look like minor traffic violators. They would likely end up in confinement the entire time, which would actually be less 'humanitarian' than leaving them in Gitmo. (If thats what you are worried about.)
My primary concern is that they will somehow be aquitted, which is a far more scary idea than simply closing Gitmo.

Anonymous said...

Why would someone who has faced a military tribunal for terrorist actions committed in other countries (i.e. not on U.S. territory) be tried in a U.S. civilian criminal court? That's the part that makes no sense to me - that this administration has the audacity to try a person in a U.S. court for crimes not committed in the U.S.