Detainees Are Warriors
Regarding the June 13 editorial, "That Court Ruling," I have no clue how a case like this even gets to the U.S. Supreme Court.
It really doesn't matter what the question is -- whether it is terrorist rights under our Constitution, or the right to confront an accuser. The important fact to keep in mind, and one the court must have ignored, is that all of the Gitmo detainees were gathered from a war zone battlefield while engaging in warlike acts against Allied forces.
These are people who were armed with automatic weapons, rocket and grenade launchers, explosives, etc. On the battlefield, by our military.
They already have the right to confront their accusers. In fact, they are being detained very humanely by their accusers, and have access to the military tribunal. Whether terrorist or combatant is somewhat irrelevant. They were captured on the battlefield. That equals prisoner of war.
I am confused about any involvement by the U.S. Supreme Court, or any other court in this land at this time, since we are still at war. It matters not whether they have been held one day or ten thousand with or without being charged.
If you are captured armed on a battlefield you are presumed guilty until proven innocent. Make no mistake, these folks are killers. Why are we wasting any time at all on the presumed rights of these people?
John Cross, Pinehurst
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