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NEW YORK -- The U.S. government has decided not to seek the death penalty against a Guantanamo detainee charged in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
A letter released Monday advises a federal judge that Attorney General Eric Holder told prosecutors not to seek the death penalty in the New York trial of Ahmed Ghailani. His trial is scheduled for September 2010.
Quote from : Wikipedia : Detainee
Detainee is a term used by certain governments and their military to refer to individuals held in custody, such as those it does not classify and treat as either prisoners of war or suspects in criminal cases.
It is used to refer to "any person captured or otherwise detained by an armed force."
More generally, it is "someone held in custody."
The word "detainee" is from the French word "détenu" and the French verb "détenir".
In French, both "détenu" and "prisonnier" mean prisoner.
However, a "détenu" is a guilty person, whereas a "prisonnier" is not necessarily a guilty person; for example the prisoners of war or the persons before a judgment
In wars between nations, detainees are referenced in the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Quote from : Wikipedia : Prisoner of War
A prisoner of war (POW, PoW, PW, P/W, WP, or PsW) or enemy prisoner of war (EPW) is a combatant who is held in continuing custody by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict.
The earliest recorded usage of the phrase is dated 1660.
Quote from Wikipedia : State Secrets Privilege
The State Secrets Privilege is an evidentiary rule created by United States legal precedent.
The court is asked to exclude evidence from a legal case based solely on an affidavit submitted by the government stating court proceedings might disclose sensitive information which might endanger national security, and military secrets in particular as in the case of United States v. Reynolds, the first case that saw formal recognition of the privilege.
Quote from : Wikipedia : United States v. Reynolds, 345 U.S. 1 (1953)
United States v. Reynolds, 345 U.S. 1 (1953), is a landmark legal case in 1953 that saw the formal recognition of State Secrets Privilege, a judicially recognized extension of presidential power.
quote from : International Court of Justice : Jurisdiction
The International Court of Justice acts as a world court.
The Court has a dual jurisdiction : it decides, in accordance with international law, disputes of a legal nature that are submitted to it by States (jurisdiction in contentious cases); and it gives advisory opinions on legal questions at the request of the organs of the United Nations or specialized agencies authorized to make such a request (advisory jurisdiction).
Originally posted by burntheships
reply to post by SpartanKingLeonidas
The United States has for the longest time now maintained black sites outside of U.S. Domestic terrortory, and they are convenient in fuzzing the line.
Yes we do need to be concerned, as if this is allowed to happen to this man, it could happen to U.S. citizens!
We can now legally be detained for refusing a flu injection!