The detainees are officially classified as ‘unlawful enemy combatants, not prisoners of war (POWs), since they violated the Geneva Conventions laws of war. They wore no uniforms or insignia. They refused to carry their weapons openly. They operated under no military hierarchy and represented no government. Granting them the privileges of the Geneva Conventions and the United States Court system would encourage further illegal behavior and endanger both civilians and soldiers in future conflicts.
President-elect Obama plans to release some of these detainees immediately. Some will go back to the countries where they were caught for rehabilitation and release. Hundreds of others will be shipped to the United States to face trials in our criminal courts, where no doubt hundreds of ACLU lawyers will be more than happy to defend them and help them to get released so they can get back to killing U.S. soldiers, committing acts of terrorism and generally making war on the United States and our allies. Already, every detainee at Guantanamo has an average of at least two lawyers. The United States has extended unprecedented legal rights to our enemies.
Laurence Tribe, an Obama legal adviser, said closing the prison is a top priority. Many questions still need to be answered about how the detainees will be handled. Will they be tried in regular criminal courts, in military tribunals or a hybrid of the two? Many Democrats insist that these terrorist suspects be accorded full rights under the United States Constitution as a U.S. citizen would.
Other questions yet to be answered are:
1.) Will the rules of evidence be the same as in a regular criminal court. This may lead to some of the detainees being acquitted due to a technicality, like the murderers Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn were. (Ayers and Dohrn founders of the domestic terrorist group called the Weathermen. Ayers and Dohrn hosted a meet the candidate night in their home as Mr. Obama was beginning his political career.)
2.) Will the defendants have the right to confront witnesses? This would mean that undercover CIA officers and informers may have to take the witness stand. This would jeopardize their cover and reveal classified intelligence tactics.
[With the leftists in charge, I think the most dangerous job in the world right now is that of a CIA undercover operative. It will probably be easier than ever for our enemies to infiltrate the United States government. Leftists hate the CIA and would rejoice in the killing of our agents.]
President-elect Obama has promised Guantanamo Bay will close. I believe it will, although there is no reason it should. Even if the detainees were granted POW status, which they don’t deserve, the Geneva Conventions require only that they be released ‘at the end of hostilities’. These prisoners should not be released until the conflict in Afghanistan has ended.
Liberals support a woman’s right to choose to kill her unborn children. One of the reasons they give is that we can’t guarantee that the innocent baby we seek to protect won’t become a criminal. Yet these same liberals wring their hands over the treatment of people who have already proven they are bent on killing us! Why kill the innocent and protect the guilty?