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Good news. Injustice serves no security need whatsoever. We all suffer when the innocent are used as political pawns. Those who do plot are free when others are imprisoned and maltreated in their place.
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"..prevent the needless suffering of the next Khaled El-Masri. And that’s certainly worth celebrating."
While you were advocating for the above-named detainees (enemy combatants) standing up for them on your website and fighting for them and their rights and safety, etc. daily, I have had U.S. military family defending America in harms way in the Middle East and facing these "enemy combatants".
At this point, I don''t see how this ruling makes our American soldiers safer in battle, legally or otherwise. And I don't see how this ruling doesn't undermine the military and morale.
They are now in a very dangerous and difficult position where they are in a "catch 22" situation in combat with our enemy. Do they now read them their Miranda rights? Or do they kill them and risk facing another false "Haditha" trial debacle?
Prisoners in wartime should be treated right and we have treaties for that. If there's major problems, then fix it within the military realm of jurisdiction. But don't give our enemies equal legal status in American courts. We're already overloaded there. This is unconscionable. Like it or not, (and I don't) we are in a war. I agree with Justice Scalia that this puts Americans at greater risk.
Finally, the "Haditha" Marines have been almost completely exonerated at last. Should not Americans be the FIRST concern of an AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union? What about the Marines and other soldiers and their "needless suffering" and their public defense? Where was your "front page", John Adams, daily campaign on your website, ad nauseum, for OUR American Marines?
Unfortunately, what I have noticed is that moral support, fervent equal advocacy for our soldiers and the "celebrating" of their freedom has been sorely conspicuous by its absence. My opinion.
The victims (El-Masri, et. al.) are not the only victims. Loyal American
citizens are also victimized by Bush's administration. Well-intentioned civil
servants doing their jobs, sent out to do the president's bidding, are not being
afforded the immunities of their office. Whether diplomatic immunity or status
of forces agreement, Americans are denied protection when the US government
denies the event ever happened and refuses to address the matter, again
inappropriately citing state secrets. An Italian magistrate wants to make an
example of America to show it cannot operate on their soil with impunity. OK,
they have a right to expect that when USA carries out operations on Italian soil
that they be involved, consulted, or even advised. Berlesconi says he didn’t
know anything about it. Other Italians say they either didn't know about it or
didn't approve it. So now those Americans whose names are out in the public
domain become victims of their agency's lack of acknowledgment/int
erest and therefore lack of protection. Like Ms Plame who was outed for
political purposes just for doing her undercover job, these loyal Americans are
outed to save political face for the administration. Only worse, these loyal
American victims are charged and tried in a foreign court, and the US government
doesn’t lift a finger to defend them for doing what the president asked them to
do. Hold the right people accountable; don’t let senior administration
officials off the hook, allowing them to let a few well-intentioned, wrongly
directed mid-level civil servants suffer the brunt of foreign justice.
Americans are being left to hang out to dry, unprotected, victims of the same
system victimizing the victims the ACLU defends. Should the ACLU be any less
concerned about the welfare of these victimized civil servants than it is with
the plight of those foreign citizens wronged by this administration’s
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