posted on Sep, 15 2009 @ 02:14 AM
The man was mistreated while in captivity, at least allegedly? However, he is still breathing and having a conversation with the reporter, isn't he?
So it was torture, OK, but it can't be that harsh if he is still alive. I know there have been allegations of deaths of terrorist suspects will in
custody of some intelligence agencies, but that has yet to be proven.
There are skeletons in the closet regarding fair treatment of detainees and it has become a slippery slope politically. However, most of the the
captives are hardened insurgents and will only cooperate under extreme pressure. How extreme the pressure should be is debatable and is the talk of
politicians in Washington. However, most of these men have been picked up on the battlefield and confined in a military facility which is appropriate
and I have yet to hear of any deaths of detainees while in custody at Gitmo.
Although, I could be wrong, I just can't recall. In any war, sometimes innocent bystanders get caught up in the fray. However, I do believe every man
should be given basic human rights and that means: three squares, exercise, a reasonable cell, hygiene, medical attention, and writing materials.
Other than that , the rest is icing on the cake, and inappropriate. This is a war, an unpopular one for some, however; these detainees where picked up
on the battlefield, in most cases. I know some will mention rendition but that is another can of worms. As for giving them Constitutional Rights,
absolutely not, unless they are American citizens. I think military justice is quite adequate when dealing with the detainees legal status. Maybe they
should stay out combat zones until peace is established. That is the best solution for these men.
[edit on 15-9-2009 by Jakes51]