AP – Judge tosses evidence on former Gitmo detainee

Posted: 11th January 2010 by Scott @ The Right of a Nation in National Security / Foreign Affairs

The Associated Press is reporting that a judge has tossed out most of the evidence that the US had against a terrorism detainee that has been held in Guantanamo Bay.  The judge has declared that many of the statements made by Musa’ab Omar Al Madhwani were made while he was being held in “harsh treatment” while still in Afghanistan.

This guy was captured after taking part in a 2 1/2 hour firefight with US forces.

Here is the problem with giving prisoners of war the rights of US citizens.  The first problem is obvious – they aren’t US citizens.

The next problem is that our laws and courts are intended to be fair.  When we are fighting against terrorists/freedom fighters/foreign soldiers in other countries during war, do we want it to be fair?

Do we meet up with our enemies before battles, arm them with tanks, M-16′s and ammo, then run to our sides and begin the fight?  Of course we don’t.  So why would we attempt to be fair to people that are captured in those exact same circumstances?

Listen, I’m not the type that says “we should just kill any prisoners we take!” or “we should torture every prisoner until they confess or until they die!”  But I do think that granting them US citizen rights is ridiculous, and is stupid for the reasons seen in the AP article posted above.

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