|Quoting MichiganMAN (Reply 27):|
'll ask again. Have people not been holed up for over three years in Gitmo without due process?
First of all, due process and the writ of habeas corpus are guaranteed in the US Constitution for US CITIZENS. No where in that document does it say we absolutely have to give every person on this earth the same treatment.
article 1, sect. 9 clause 2
Second of all, the rules of the Geneva Convention regarding Prisoners of War apply to those of a standing army. Last time I checked, those s.o.b.'s making roadside bombs and taking potshots at our troops aren't members of any standing army of Iraq, or Afghanistan, etc...
-> convention texts -> Convention III, Part 1, Article 4
They are an unorganized group of rag-tag men who have this blind hatred towards the United States and the western world as a whole. They do not fall under any category listed in the Convention because they do not follow the laws regarding how a war is fought. They are not fighting for the freedom of their country against an invading force, they are fighting the ideologue that the US and Western World have that they do not agree with.
They are kept in prisons such as Guantanomo Bay because there are no provisions in the Geneva Conventions on exactly how to try these terrorists. They are not members of a standing army representing a sovereign nation so they cannot be tried in an international court martial. They are not citizens of the United States so they are not going to be tried in a federal court here. So they are held legally
by the international rules regarding prisoners of war and are in fact being treated humanely.
If you need an example of inhumane treatment of POW
's, go ask your friends in North Korea, China, and Vietnam. What was just "oh so horrible" that happend to a few Iraqi prisoners at Abu Gharib pales in comparison to what many of thousands of men suffered at the hands of those countries.
[Edited 2005-11-04 23:29:27]