Economic analysis of events in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf
posted by John B. Chilton at 7/02/2005 10:03:00 PM
I am guessing that you chose to put this on your Web page to highlight just how... hm... nicely? we Americans are treating our eternal prisoners at Guantanamo.You must realize, as a sophisticated observer, that this is a part of a propaganda campaign by our government in an effort to redirect attention from two serious and irreducable facts about Gitmo:1) Indefinate detention. If an American were being held indefinitely - say, in Iran - would we not find that outrageous? Wouldn't we demand that some form of due process be used to determine their guilt or innocence? Isn't it unAmerican not to put all our captives through some sort of judicial process to determine their guilt or innocence? 2) Real cases of abuse. Regardless of how the prisoners are being treated now - and isn't it interesting that the administration has suddenly become very interested in how they're being treated? - there have been validated cases of abuse up to and including death in U.S. custody. Some twenty-seven prisoners have died in U.S. custody, and I did not make up that fact: it was released as a part of the auditing of the detainee system by our own government's investigators. Not to mention the "extraordinary rendition" program - a program that delivered captives to countries such as Syria for torture! Why no mention of that here?
Under "real cases of abuse" is covered here: Army Investigators Says 27 Iraqis and Afghans Killed in US CustodyWhat is remarkable to me is that these are not cases of official or condoned abuse. They are individual and they are being prosecuted, and they have been made public.
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