Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Military tribunals for Guantanamo detainees

Apparently, America is no longer a place where people are innocent before proven guilty. Indeed, the prisoners are guilty before proven innocent.

People cry, these are the worst of the worst! Well, prove it in a court of law and let justice be served. If your case is indeed a slam dunk then what do you have to fear? Presumption of guilt before evidence is presented is downright anti-American.

This is what I mean when I say the terrorists have already won. They have succeeded in eroding the fabric of our nation so that it is no longer recognizable. The bedrock principles and values are relics of the past and all we have to look forward to is uncertainty and fear.

I'm not saying let terrorists go free. I'm saying if they are terrorists then prove it so that everyone can see the evidence and lock them away for good. But locking people up then coercing confessions by torture is not justice. And it doesn't make us safer. It degrades us.

Speaking of which, did anyone else catch the fact that McCain voted today against the ban on torture? What a fucking flip flopper.

If these people were picked up on the battlefield, in the middle of carrying out terrorist plots then there should be plenty of evidence supporting that claim. Show it to the world.

Or is it possible that these six on trial for 9-11 are really patsys, scapegoats for what really went down, and the real terrorists are named Bush, Cheney, Rice and Rumsfeld? to name a few.

The other day on the BBC radio program World Have Your Say a woman called in who is a 9-11 widow and she said it better than me. I stand by her on this issue.

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