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New Execution Rules Do Not Apply To Guantanemo Detainees States Spokesman.

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posted on Jan, 24 2006 @ 11:57 PM
An Army spokesman Paul Boyce, has stated that New Army rules regarding the execution of Military Prisoners do not apply to Guantanemo Bay Warr On Terror detainees. An earlier statement by Sheldon Smith, another Army Spokesman had stated that the new laws could affect the detainees hld at Gunatanemo Bay in Cuba by US Forces. Richard Deiter, the executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Centre in Washington has stated that he doesn't think there is anything imminent but eventually there might be and he suspects that the new rules are aimed at the Guantanemo Bay Military Trials.
"It's speculation. Secondly, the manual deals with soldiers," Mr Boyce said.

The army says the changes in the regulations allow executions to be conducted at locations other than Fort Leavenworth, previously the only authorised site for military executions.

Death penalty opponents say the measure appears to be a "technical adjustment".

"I don't think there is anything imminent but eventually there might be," Richard Deiter said, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Centre in Washington.

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The new rules allow for executions outside Leavenworth base and Richard Dieter stated that he suspects its aimed at the Terror Trials because the US do not want to bring the detainees onto USA Soil.

He may indeed be correct in that assumption but only time will tell.

[edit on 27-1-2006 by asala]

posted on Jan, 25 2006 @ 09:29 AM
I don't see how execution can be justified in this context. If they were military prisoners and there was a legitimate tribunal, then of course they can be executed, but even that is in bad form. These guys aren't POWs though, their status isn't reviewed by anything thats truley like a trial or system of justice, execution simply requires far too high of a standard to warrant it with them.

Even with actual captured enemy soliders, you usually don't execute them, you just hold them until the war is over and then release them.

When the British were fighting a guerilla/insurgency war against the Boers in South Africa, they captured a lot of people. Anyone who wasn't willing to sign a personal pact of non-agression was held in detention camps permantently, even their political leaders. No reason why a similar situation can't happen here.


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