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Al Qaeda and Due Process

Posted by on Aug 7, 2009 in Al Qaeda, Due Process, Justice, War on Terror | 0 comments

There has been much debate over how the suspected Al Qaeda detainees at Guantanamo Bay should be treated. Indeed, there has been debate over the nature and extent to which they should be accorded due process rights, and given their day in court. With all the sanitization that takes place in our various forms of media, the human element to our collective action becomes lost. We forget the impact of the actions that create the news we see; and the impact on those who are living it.

I agree with the proposition that if the United States advocates the development of American style democracy and law abroad, we must preserve and protect it here as well. I agree that the detainees at Guantanamo likely deserve the benefit of a justice system. Whether the applicable justice system should be our federal or military courts, I will leave to the experts.
But in our generosity to extend U.S. due process rights to those we have detained, let us not forget we are still at War. Al Qaeda certainly has not forgotten, and they treat their prisoners accordingly. I attach a link to a disturbing story out of Iraq, where Al Qaeda operatives tortured a 6 year old boy to exert pressure on his father, a policeman.
If any of you feel that the U.S. has been unjust in defending against a war it did not begin, remember the little boy Khidir. And think about how our ultimate victory in the War on Terror will help protect him, as well as the rest of us from those who believe due process and justice are merely a tool to mock the United States.

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