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Monday, February 07, 2005

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I'm sure the press....

....will give this plenty of attention, even though the allegations are unproven.
Nearly a dozen detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp contend they were wrongly imprisoned after repeated abuse by U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including beatings with chains, electric shock and sodomy, their lawyer said Monday.

"These are classic stories of men who ended up in Guantanamo by mistake," charged attorney Tom Wilner, who represents 11 Kuwaiti prisoners held in the detention center at the U.S. Navy base in eastern Cuba.

Most of his clients say they falsely confessed to belonging to Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime or the al-Qaida terror network as a way to stop the abuse, Wilner said. He said one is too angry over his treatment to discuss details of his case, but all argue their detentions are unjustified.

Human rights groups and defense lawyers have long charged that some information used as the basis for incarcerations at Guantanamo Bay resulted from abuse or torture. Many of the 545 prisoners there have been held for more than three years, most without charge. About 150 have been let go, but officials have not given explanations for their release.
If the lawyers and the human rights groups say it's true, it must be, right? Of course, the rules of war say these men can be detained until the war is over, which, in the case of the global war on terror could be a lifetime.

Never mind that some of the prisoners previously released have turned up, armed and fighting again, in Afghanistan. They're all innocent victims, right?

Frankly, I'd be in favor of killing these guys on the battlefield instead of capturing them and exposing them to the legal system. All the legal system does is make it next to impossible to get convictions, make a mockery of true justice and provide ammunition for all the whiners and "rights" advocates (who could care less about the rights of Iraqis and Sudanese and Congolese and many other ethnic groups.)

If the legal system was about justice, victims would be honored and those who break the law would be punished. But that's a rant for another day.