Originally Posted by Stu_Ungar
I agree with what you say here, they are neither civilians or in military combatants, in the traditional sense.
I can understand that they would be in a limbo state for a period of time whilst authorities decided how to proceed.
However there has to be some time frame beond which it is unacceptable to keep them without trial. This period should be counted in months; not years.
The issue is not whether or not they should be sentenced to incarceration, rather that it is wrong to detain anyone without setting a timescale for trial.
Put them on trial and sentence them accordingly. They are more of a threat to your way of life whilst held in Gitmo than you may believe.
The American ideal is based on democracy but their treatment is more in keeping with a dictatorship, where people can be held without trial for unspecified periods of time.
Agree with this+
Imagine your just a run of the mill Afgani citizen,no terrorist links or any thing.
Then one day bad US millatary intel says your a high ranking Al-Quida officer,you get arrested shiped to Gitmo and are tortured for 3years.
Then your finaly released and the US officials say,sorry we maked a mistake hope there no hard feelings but we had to torture u just to make sure.
Bamm you just made a new terrorist(probably dozens seeing how this guy probably has friends and family that will hate America when they hear this guys story).
The ends dont justify the means cause even if u manage to stop some terrorist attacks by using torture,you will just be stuck in a viciose circle of creating new enemys.
And the "enemy combatened" argument is just stupid imo.
In gitmo there are member of the Iraqi republican guard(aka the Iraqi elite miliatary),there solders but saying there not just makes it easyer for the US to bypass the Geneva convention.
Sure some of the people in Gitmo can be considered enemy combatened" but the people that where members of the Iraqi and Afgani army´s should be treated acording to the Geneva convention imo.
As well as Iraqi and Afgani resistence fighters(if China invaited and ocupied your country wouldnt you join some sort of mulisha unit?)
And the fact that children(yes children,13 year old kids) where held there at one point sickenese me.
Just my 2cents,begin the flaming...