posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 10:55 AM
I'm only going to respond to what I know is going on without question, so I won't say anything about guards abusing prisoners or about prisoners
peeing on guards.
What we have here, as a fact, unquestioned by any evidence, is people being held without charges, without legal counsel, without recourse, without due
process of law, and without the rights that protect either those under indictment for crimes, or prisoners of war.
The non-U.S.-citizen status of the detainess is completely irrelevant; any non-citizen charged with a crime in the United States has the same rights
under the law as a citizen does. And an "enemy combatant" should, properly speaking, be a prisoner of war, protected under the terms of the Geneva
Convention. One or the other.
The Bush administration, however, is using a loophole in the law -- which ought to be closed, quickly -- to treat people the way that the Nazis
treated political dissidents: lock them up permanently with no legal rights whatsoever and no trial.
Whether he is legally entitled to do that or not, the fact that he would WANT to do it shows a contempt for liberty and human rights that is simply
staggering in a man sworn to uphold and protect the Constitution.
Any alleged torture or mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo is in addition to the basic violation of human rights that holding them there in
the first place, without trial and without charges, represents. All of the allegations of torture and mistreatment could be categorically proven
false, and what's happening at Gitmo would STILL be wrong.
This thread doesn't even come close to justifying the vile abomination that Gitmo detention is, even if everything it alleges as a fact is true.