First Let's Get their Labels Right
Last week, speaking to reporters, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales kept referring to the detainees at Guantanamo Bay as "killers." But the vast majority of them, by the military's own account, are not. Here is a report done by two attorneys, one of whom is a Seton Hall University law professor and both of whom represent detainees at Gitmo. The men reviewed the U.S. military's "Combatant Status Review Board Letters" (initiated by our government to determine which of the detainees deserved "enemy combatant" status) and discovered, among other things, that 55 percent of the detainees had never committed a hostile act against the United States or its Coalition allies.
I have written a full-length column about all this here. Any honest debate over what legal procedures the prisoners ought to receive must start with an honest assessment of what they are alleged to have done, how dangerous (or not) they may be, and whether there is any reason to think they are or were terrorists. Clearly, based upon the remarks last Thursday by our nation's top law enforcement official, that is not happening.
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