Gitmo And DetaineesPosted: 19 June 2008
A recent decision by the US Supreme Court stated that terrorists suspects may appeal their detention. And boy did this open a flood gate of gum bumping!
Most of the people are saying that these people are not citizens and have no rights. Or that they are terrorist suspects and have no rights. Ok, my problem is the word suspect. These people have not been convicted of a crime and should have all the rights of anyone in a US court. To me these situations at Gitmo are a violation of the Bill of Rights, amendments 7,8 & 9.
Then there is the length of their detention and the reports of torture. Those are separate issues that will be covered later. I do not understand the uproar over this decision. Several years ago an American citizen was tried and convicted of a crime in Singapore and was sentenced to punishment by caning. There was an uproar from Americans of cruel and unusual punishment . My point is that we as a country should offer anyone being held for a crime to the same moral and legal standards.