In response to this, another comment-turned-blog-post.
The very reason Gitmo was established there is because it’s a legal ‘black hole.’ It was selected at that site because Bush and crew understand Gitmo falls into a legal no-man’s land as far as US laws go. If the Bush administration were truly convinced as to the legality of what’s being done in Gitmo–they could have easily established the detention center in, say, Montana.Legal black hole? They’re being given a trial aren't they? Many of them acquitted on what anyone can readily admit to being a technicality? Legal mumbo jumbo is an entitlement for them, apparently. If these are indeed kangaroo courts, why on Earth would they let these guys go free? By definition, they would be summarily executed without due process, not let off scott free on a stupid technicality that wouldn’t even fly in a traffic court. (Oh, the accused was charged with “Excessive Speed” but the state legislature changed the charge to “More than enough speed” last week — hence, charges must be dropped).
Second, Gitmo allows torture of detainees, many of whom have been incarcerated for years without legal representation or even being formally charged. We, in the US, rightly criticize third world nations for pracctices such as this. Yet, it’s being done in our names in Gitmo.
Third, it sets a bad example. We used to enjoy a reputation for justice and fairness in the world. Now, we don’t.
Torture of detainees? Like giving them Korans (when our own citizen students in public schools are not allowed by law to be given Bibles), allowing them to have AC and hot meals — when our own GI’s are eating MREs? What is this torture you speak of? Perhaps “playing loud music” or flushing a Koran down the toilet?
The chief investigator Air Force Lt. Gen. Randall Schmidt says “no torture occurred” and that there was no “evidence to support the allegation that the detainees were denied food and water.” The most common form of cited “abuse” was the playing of continuous loud music.
You would do well to look up the Bataan Death March or the treatment of the American prisoners on Wake Island, or any other of the myriad examples of torture the Japanese Empire provided us during World War II.
For Pete’s sake, we’re going above and beyond the Geneva conventions for even incarcerating these people. We have every legal right to summarily execute them as non uniformed combatants…and yet we desist, housing them in better living conditions than the free Cuban citizens living just across the fence.
If this is a bad example, the rest of the free world would do well to torture their own citizens the way we’re torturing the detainees at Gitmo.
Want an example? How about a detainee named “Abdullah M., a prisoner who was missing a leg when he got to Gitmo. He was given a prosthetic and rehabbed before being released and repatriated to Afghanistan. He is now sought for involvement in the 2004 bombing of the Islamabad Marriott.” (quoted from America’s Victories, citation “The Gitmo Varsity,” The American Spectator, July 18 2005.)