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The First Prison Sentence Related To Gitmo Torture Goes To Someone Who Spoke Out Against It

January 27, 2013

The First Prison Sentence Related To Gitmo Torture Goes To Someone Who Spoke Out Against It

It is a simple question. It’s a simply question of do we do what’s easy, or what we have always said was right? These prisoner are in American custody, that’s supposed to mean something, and it does, but it means the opposite of what we’ve touted for decades. The first issue, is could he find a workaround on the Congressional Attempts to stop him from bringing them in? Yes, yes he could. Second issue, is your first point. We can’t put them on trial because then they would have access to the evidence against them, (They would, but federal proceedings can be sealed, so no one but the counsel and prosecution would have access) and then also because we are concerned that we can’t put them away with the little evidence we have? So we hold people without trial, before they are declared guilty, because we can’t make sure that we get to keep them? Why do we have them in the first place then? Does that not sound wrong to you? How would you feel if that same rationale was used on you? Or you found out it was used by local law enforcement on US soil on any other US citizen? If they are guilty, then they will be judged guilty in a court of law. Until then, we are stuck with the presumption of innocence. And if they are dangerous criminals, bring out the charges and prosecute them. The third point is where to put them? The Federal Prison system is already in place. The ones who are not guilty we deport them to their home country. We don’t care if they don’t want them. And that’s that. That’s how our laws work. There have been 520 releases so far. Of those the US government has a list of 18 confirmed releases that are back in the field, and 40 suspected to have done so. And even if every single one of the confirmed that has been claimed by the US to have returned to the battlefield actually has, that makes 4% of the total number of detainees that have been released. And if all of the suspected join in, it’s 11. It sure as hell isn’t "most". And some few of those suspected are on the list, because they were critical of their detainment to the media. That’s considered an anti-American statement. If I got thrown in Gitmo, I would be hella pissed off to say the least. I think it is pretty simple. It requires though, the rarest of things, political courage. And that’s in short supply in Washington, and in the US on the whole. The America that is willing to countenance a supra national prison that isn’t bound by the rule of law, for safety reasons, and for reasonableness’ sake, is not the America that was the Last Best Hope for Mankind, but rather something to be afraid of, both from within and without. TL;DR: There is no victory in sight for a country that is too scared to do the right thing, because in giving into fear, that country has already lost.

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