Thursday, December 06, 2007

"If those are rights, ...

ladle me up some of them wrongs."

Slate has another excellent Dahlia Lithwik article, this one about the Supreme Court discussing the rights of prisoners of war.

Imagine that some American tourists went to Venezuela (or Cuba or ??) and got arrested for being regime change covert agents. The US government, and everyone else, says they were not. Chavez holds them for six years without describing the evidence against them and some of them can't even talk to a lawyer. He says he organized "status reviews" and he is satisfied that he needs to hold them for national security reasons. Would the US say, his procedures look pretty good, I guess those people need to be held? Or would the US say that he is a crazy dictator with a self-serving view of justice?

Of course, my hypothetical is not important if it is too different from the Guantanamo situation. What do you think? Is it relevant?


Blogger International House of Pedantics said...

Of course you are right. Guantanamo is our generation's Japanese internment. They were US resident civilians (some American citizens), so perhaps that was worse (and nothing tops what we did to Native Americans). But there is no legitimate excuse for what our government is doing in Cuba.

Frankly, I suspect an impartial war crimes tribunal would convict Bush.

6:14 PM  

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