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Friday, November 11, 2005

Senate Approves Limiting Rights of U.S. Detainees

New York Times:

The Senate voted Thursday to strip captured 'enemy combatants' at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, of the principal legal tool given to them last year by the Supreme Court when it allowed them to challenge their detentions in United States courts. The vote, 49 to 42, on an amendment to a military budget bill by Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, comes at a time of intense debate over the government's treatment of prisoners in American custody worldwide, and just days after the Senate passed a measure by Senator John McCain banning abusive treatment of them. If approved in its current form by both the Senate and the House, which has not yet considered the measure but where passage is considered likely, the law would nullify a June 2004 Supreme Court opinion that detainees at Guantanamo Bay had a right to challenge their detentions in court.
I think that we still don't have a good answer for how to deal with enemy combatants. It doesn't seem appropriate to treat them as criminals, but the POW idea is obviously insufficient as well.


Blogger Greg said...

While the U.S. disaproves of any strong military action and, as a matter of course "bad" treatment of Palestinian prisoners at the hand of the Shabak even if these prisoners have just massacred a crowd of Jews, the Senate is on its way to passing a bill that would leave suspected Arab terrorists to the whims of American investigators. This is just one example of American hypocricy towards one of its closest allies.

Now, I'm an ardent patriot of Israel and the U.S. and conside the U.S. to be the greatest country in the world(following Israel) but this just doesn't seem right. Also note the imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard. I'm sorry to say this, but if a British agent was apprehended by American authorities England would rightly demand his immediate release and that's exactly what they would get. A bit unfair, don't you think?

11/13/2005 01:32:00 AM  

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