an enemy combatant
I would agree that moving the venue from within the borders of the United States to a leased military post in another country changes the dynamics. However, it still comes back to the label, in this case, enemy combatant has replaced terrorist as the principle subject of the discourse. Why should
terrorist enemy combatants have access to the rights granted others by the Constitution?
A combatant is a person who takes part in an armed strife? Consider, someone caused a sweep or round up of what could only be called suspects. It is not at all difficult to imagine that some mistakes were made. Why worry if they mistakenly pick you up, you will have an opportunity to clear up their mistake. Errors that caused the mistake can be revealed when the person accused has the opportunity to provide proof of their innocence. So you see, the question is the same, how do you know who is a
terrorist enemy combatant? What has happened at Guantanamo Bay is that far too much time has passed without benefit of any process much less due process.
The main objective of a war on terrorism must result in eliminating more terrorist than it creates.
You appear to assume that our soldiers round these guys up randomly. I tend to believe - as a veteran myself - that in order to earn your trip to Gitmo, you'd have participated in some kind of action that got the attention of the troops over there, and taken prisoner as opposed to being killed on the battlefield.
These people aren't just innocently sitting in their homes and suddenly and randomly arrested and shipped to Gitmo. There are procedures in place to assure that if a person is sent to be incarcerated, there's ample reason to do so. More often than not, it's because one or more of our own guys has gotten nailed by these wild-eyed fanatics.
It's not hard to tell who's a terrorist/enemy combatant when they're in country and shooting at you. You want to grant them "due process", when in our civilian justice system, the odds are heavily in favor of the defendant (like OJ), and turn them loose again to kill more of our people? Not me. If they're not American citizens, they are removed from combat and there they stay. They're essentially POWs for the duration as far as I'm concerned.
posted on 01/03/2004 3:15:40 PM PST
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