A tired obsession with military detention plagues American politics

posted by
January 8, 2012
Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington  
Posted in Commentary

"Before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, there were only two ways of holding prisoners -- either they were prisoners of war, protected by the Geneva Conventions, or they were criminal suspects, to be charged and subjected to federal court trials. That all changed when the administration of George W. Bush threw out the Geneva Conventions, equated the Taliban with al-Qaeda, and decided to hold both soldiers and terror suspects as 'illegal enemy combatants' who could be imprisoned indefinitely without charge or trial, and with no rights whatsoever." (01/06/12)


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