The Bermuda Triangle of Human Rights

23 06 2006

Fresh Air from WHYY, June 22, 2006 · Civil rights lawyer Joseph Margulies' new book is Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power. Margulies has represented several prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, and he believes that current U.S. policy is a legal and ethical disaster. He says that few new prisoners are arriving at Guantanamo, but the population at Bagram prison in Afghanistan is growing rapidly.

Fascinating interview where Terry Gross talks to a lawyer who is representing detainees at Guantanamo who don't know that there is even a case, let alone that they have representation.  Listen to the interview here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5503773

The lawyer asserts that the US government should either bring charges against them or let them go. 

The government says that they do not have to bring them to court or follow the rules of the Geneva Convention because they are 'enemy combatants' and that Guantanamo is under the sovereignty of Cuba, and therefore they cannot apply the laws of the US to anyone there.

I can honestly say that I've never heard a bigger bunch of bull than that logic.  It's a US military base – I don't think Castro is running about ordering soldiers around.  Also, what ever happened to the right wing's championing of the 'sanctity of human life' and what not?

Apparently, if you're Muslim, and in Cuba, you have no rights.

Let's send Bush to The Hague and put him on trial for crimes against humanity.  No, I'm not being facetious.

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