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Mohammed Rahim Al-Afghani, Guantanamo Bay Prisoner, Sends Quirky Letters

Mohammed Rahim Al-Afghani, Guantanamo Bay Prisoner, Sends Quirky Letters

Commented Jan 5, 2013 at 16:01:06 in World

“There was never any torture at Gitmo. Trained CIA waterboarded a handful of detainees which elicited information that saved many lives. At the time, waterboarding was an approved enhanced interrogation technique. Waterboarding is used today in training US military and paramilitary members for assignments that may result in their capture, but is no longer used as an enhanced interrogation technique. There were never any "child prisoners" at Gitmo. Although a few teenagers were held there over the years, these unlawful combatants were captured on the battlefield, and at least one accused of murder. In the US, when a teenager is accused of murder they stand trial, sometimes as adults, but they are not released because they are teenagers. Detainees captured during the ongoing Global War on Terror may be legally held "until the end of hostilities," according to the Geneva Conventions and Law of Land Warfare, without charge or extra legal privileges.”
Mohammed Rahim Al-Afghani, Guantanamo Bay Prisoner, Sends Quirky Letters

Mohammed Rahim Al-Afghani, Guantanamo Bay Prisoner, Sends Quirky Letters

Commented Jan 1, 2013 at 14:46:45 in World

“Gitmo is not a correctional facility, nor is it designed to punish those it holds. It is a military detention facility designed to keep those inside safe and secure. Privileges, such as extended exercise, reading materials, movies, etc., are all based on behavior. Good detainees get more privileges than bad detainees. Extra legal privileges do not exist for unlawful combatants other than in the Military Commissions Act of 2009, which afford detainees virtually the same legal rights as you or I would enjoy in a federal court of law, which is unprecedented. During WWII the US held over 400,000 lawful combatant POWs without even one call for extra legal privileges for them, and unlawful combatants were legally executed.”

Wisdo on Jan 2, 2013 at 05:17:30

“"Unlawful combatants", lol. Its like something the writers at Valve would make up - like the "edgeless safety cube". Whats lawful about attacking a country like Iraq, that never attacked us? do you think US soldiers ought to be tortured? or locked up forever without trial on the basis that Donald Rumsfeld and pals got bad legal advice from Yoo and Ashcroft?

The US has the temerity to lecture other countries on democracy and human rights while this gitmo farce is still going on - doesn't that sort of undermine our moral authority?”

bendertheoffender on Jan 1, 2013 at 22:38:39

“You can't be serious.”

Simply The Lib on Jan 1, 2013 at 15:55:26

“Nice try at trying to make Gitmo seem like a normal place, but You left off somethings like torture, child prisoners and being held without charges for years only to be dropped off in an unknown country in the middle of the night.”
Common Core Nonfiction Reading Standards Mark The End Of Literature, English Teachers Say

Common Core Nonfiction Reading Standards Mark The End Of Literature, English Teachers Say

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 12:36:23 in Education

“It's important to nurture an interest in reading by allowing students choice in material. What is read plays a significant role in what is then believed. The power and influence of the written word is immense, and perhaps more of a balance between fiction and nonfiction is in order.”
huffingtonpost entry

Even al Qaeda Operatives Deserve Their Day in Court -- and Justice

Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 12:09:07 in Politics

“Human Rights First (http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/USLS-Fact-Sheet-Courts.pdf) brags that "Federal civilian criminal courts have convicted nearly 500 individuals on terrorism-related charges since 9/11," and that "Federal prisons hold more than 300 individuals convicted of terrorism-related offenses." If this is true, where are the nearly 200 released terrorists! On U.S. streets?! This is one of the biggest reasons al-Libi should be at Gitmo. The other biggest reason is that the Law of Land Warfare and the Geneva Conventions allow it and therefore he should be in interrogation immediately. If found to have committed war crimes he should also stand trial in the Military Commissions held there. He should be held until he and his Brothers no longer posses the means or will to fight and kill innocent people, the basis of the Geneva Conventions, by the way.”
huffingtonpost entry

Qaeda Suspect Should Be Transferred to the U.S. for Trial

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 14:52:58 in World

“Thank you! Hooah!”
huffingtonpost entry

Qaeda Suspect Should Be Transferred to the U.S. for Trial

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 14:52:44 in World

“Over 400,000 German and Italian lawful combatant Prisoners of War (POWs) were held in the U.S. during WWII. None were afforded extra legal privileges or tried in civilian courts. Those accused of war crimes were tried in military commissions according to the Law of Land Warfare, and either executed or imprisoned in military detention facilities.”
huffingtonpost entry

Qaeda Suspect Should Be Transferred to the U.S. for Trial

Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 04:50:14 in World

“The only way Abu Anas al-Libi should be transferred to U.S. soil and tried in a civilian court is if you believe we are not at war with Islamists. Just because he does not wear a uniform, doesn't carry his weapons openly, and is not a signator to the Geneva Conventions, doesn't mean he isn't subject to international laws of war. Geneva was written to protect innocent civilians in time of war, not to protect those who pretend to be civilians in order to murder them. It's not that al Qaeda and the Taliban can't afford uniforms of their own, it's that they choose to not let you see them coming. For this we reward them with Habeas Corpus and a presumed prison sentence? Once the sentence (if he is convicted) is over, what then? Release onto the streets of New York? Our liberal immigration policies would get him on public assistance and then probably let him vote! In every previous major conflict this country has been a part of the Law of War has prevailed to help keep us safe from enemies. In the Global War on Terror it has been manipulated to the point where the current Military Commissions Act affords suspected war criminals the same legal privileges as you or I would enjoy in federal court. Coddling the enemy and releasing them back into the fight is the opposite of defending the Constitution, and gives aid and comfort to the enemy - the definition of treason.”

gutenmorgen on Oct 11, 2013 at 13:18:44

“Numerous German combatants of WW2 were transferred to US soil at a time when we were "at war" with Germany, hence there is a precedent.”

Allene Stucki on Oct 11, 2013 at 09:38:25

“Couldn't be said better.”
Government Wants to Ban Material From 9/11 Defendants Central to Their Defense

Government Wants to Ban Material From 9/11 Defendants Central to Their Defense

Commented Aug 23, 2013 at 09:19:00 in World

“The Constitution of the United States provides for the exclusion of habeas corpus, even to U.S. Citizens, in times of rebellion or invasion. Abraham Lincoln used this against suspected Southern spies and established military commissions for civilians during the Civil War. Franklin Roosevelt also used the exclusion clause to deny habeas to eight German saboteurs during WWII. The saboteurs were deemed in violation of the Laws of War, tried, convicted and six of the eight executed in Washington, D.C. only four weeks after their capture on U.S. soil. The Military Commissions Act of 2009 however, grants Gitmo detainees accused of war crimes unprecedented legal privileges virtually the same as what you or I would enjoy in U.S. Federal Court. Barack Hussein Obama and his other Islamist apologists have created a confusing and unprecedented set of rules that have produced a legal quagmire beyond imagination. These rules have promoted Lawfare challenges from every corner of the Islamist apologist spectrum. God help us.”

wilboy206 on Aug 24, 2013 at 02:14:06

“Lt. Col. Robert Bowman, PhD, U.S. Air Force (ret) – Director of Advanced Space Programs Development under Presidents Ford and Carter. U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with over 100 combat missions.

9/11/04: "A lot of these pieces of information, taken together, prove that the official story, the official conspiracy theory of 9/11 is a bunch of hogwash. It’s impossible. … There’s a second group of facts having to do with the cover up. … Taken together these things prove that high levels of our government don’t want us to know what happened and who’s responsible.…

Who gained from 9/11? Who covered up crucial information about 9/11? And who put out the patently false stories about 9/11 in the first place? When you take those three things together, I think the case is pretty clear that it’s highly placed individuals in the administration with all roads passing through Dick Cheney.

http://patriotsquestion911.com/

jamsb3 on Aug 23, 2013 at 17:31:04

“God Loves Us and don't you forget it. He also loves the Golden Rule, the Magna Carta, and the Constitution.”
huffingtonpost entry

Terror Suspect Begs to Be Sent to Guantanamo to be Tried as "A Warrior"

Commented May 9, 2013 at 14:44:18 in World

“Dear Confused, The status of Prisoner Of War (POW) is reserved for lawful combatants who follow the Geneva Conventions, which were written to protect innocent civilians, not to protect those who PRETEND to be innocent civilians in order to kill them, i.e. Islamist extremists. Even lawful combatant POWs don't need to be charged with anything or tried in order to be legally held "until the end of hostilities." Bottom line: if you don't play by the rules, there are consequences to pay - or, for every right, there is a responsibility.”

chriss0114 on May 10, 2013 at 04:34:24

“actually we cannot legally hold them "until the end of hostilities" as we are not in a war which according to the courts the designated enemy combatants would be indeterminate without trial and sentence and even they are entitled to habeus corpus (right wing SCOTUS even said so)

they do have rights many if not all we have violated--remember all those we bought for $5000.00 USD each?”
huffingtonpost entry

Terror Suspect Begs to Be Sent to Guantanamo to be Tried as "A Warrior"

Commented May 7, 2013 at 05:14:42 in World

“If this exchange is true, then it points to the reality that we are still at war with unlawful combatant Islamist extremists, who under the Military Commissions Act (MCA) of 2009, would still receive virtually the same rights as US citizens in a Federal Court of law. Barack Hussein Obama and his Lawfare experts insisted on the 2009 revisions to an already maligned MCA, and it has created great confusion and is the victim of a mainstream media who still refuse to expose the truth about the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: that it is the finest such facility in the world, is not a "recruitment tool" for jihadis (the Crusades and 9/11/01 do that quite nicely), and should remain open for Suleiman Harun and others like him who unlawfully carry on their jihad against the United States.”

chriss0114 on May 10, 2013 at 04:28:52

“make up your teahadi mind

if he is a warrior then he is a pow

if not, he is a criminal

AND we have been far more successful in courts than tribunals

killing them makes them martyrs--in a civilian jail they are criminals--in GTMO they are warriors”

ClearlyConfused on May 9, 2013 at 10:44:18

“If we are at war, he deserves the protections and treatment standards of a POW. If not, he should get a trial. Unless you are prepared to accept that captured American soldiers should be shipped somewhere and detained without trial for the rest of their lives, there's really no choice.”
Guantanamo Hunger Strike Expands To 28 Prisoners

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Expands To 28 Prisoners

Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 15:33:11 in World

“Unlawful combatant Islamist extremists held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the best medical care provided anywhere else in the world. The Geneva Conventions were written to protect innocent civilians, not to protect those who would PRETEND to be innocent civilians in order to kill them. I'm sure they will all get to go home (wherever that may be) as per the Geneva Conventions after "the end of hostilities." That is when lawful combatant POW's would be released as well.”
9/11 Military Commission: More Tragedy Than Farce

9/11 Military Commission: More Tragedy Than Farce

Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 09:31:17 in World

“But where and when does it end? The military commissions of our grandfathers and forebearers were simple and direct, and based on existing international and U.S. military law. Lawfare moves the presumption of innocence so far to the left it begs credulity. The adversarial nature of American justice may be perceived as the "fairest" way to decide the guilt or innocence of a person, but it seeks not the truth, just victory.”
9/11 Military Commission: More Tragedy Than Farce

9/11 Military Commission: More Tragedy Than Farce

Commented Feb 3, 2013 at 06:08:21 in World

“It's clear that the proponants of "lawfare" (that paper and pen combat strategy adopted by unlawful combatant Islamist extremists and their utilitarian attorneys and humanist apologists) are having their day in Gitmo Bay. Military Commissions existed and were utilized in the Civil War, and in World War II with the full approval of then-sitting Supreme Courts. The current set, a-la 2009, are an aborration, almost identical to U.S. Federal Court rules. Because the goal posts and dimensions of the field seem always in flux (a principle strategy of lawfare) any decisions made will automatically be put into question, unless of course it results in KSM and his ilk being set free to murder and maim again; only then will the apologists, humanists, and Islamist extremists be happy.”

FearlessFreep on Feb 3, 2013 at 23:00:50

“One man's lawfare is another man's right to a legal defence.”
Military Commission Won't Say Whether US Constitution Applies to 9/11 Case (Updated)

Military Commission Won't Say Whether US Constitution Applies to 9/11 Case (Updated)

Commented Feb 3, 2013 at 05:11:41 in World

“Actually, if a suspected combatant's status is in doubt, they are afforded a battle field tribunal to determine that status. The standard of conviction is the same as that in a grand jury in the United States: the 51% rule. If it is more likely than not that an accused is an unlawful combatant, then they are an unlawful combatant. Most typically, if one is in civilian clothes, not carrying a weapon openly, and is not a member of a nation who is a signator to the Geneva Conventions, then they are in violation of the law and therefore an unlawful combatant. Remember, Geneva Conventions were written to PROTECT innocent civilians, not to protect those who would PRETEND to be civilians in order to kill them.”

MartinGugino on Feb 17, 2013 at 20:26:01

“that didn't happen - the battle field tribunal. They all got sent to Cuba. Common knowledge that the military in Cuba were scratching their heads about why these guys were arrested. (Uyghurs were an example, who, like the Tibetans 50 years earlier, fled from Chinese genocide.)”
huffingtonpost entry

Obama's Gitmo, Four Years Later

Commented Jan 27, 2013 at 19:26:48 in Politics

“Add "Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay: A Memoir of a Citizen Warrior" to your reading list for a refreshingly new perspective opposite what the MSM has perpetuated about Gitmo. Author Montgomery J. Granger, major, retired, U.S. Army Reserve, was the ranking U.S. Army Medical Department officer for the Joint Detainee Operations Group, Joint Task Force 160 at Gitmo from February to June, 2002.”
Military Commission Won't Say Whether US Constitution Applies to 9/11 Case (Updated)

Military Commission Won't Say Whether US Constitution Applies to 9/11 Case (Updated)

Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 10:20:11 in World

“According to the Constitution, the President has the authority to suspend habeas corpus under certain circumstances, such as invasion. Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus for civilians during the Civil War to combat the influx of Southern spies into the north. He was villified for this, but rationalized his actions by saying the preservation of the Union was more important than the preservation of the ideals of the Constitution. His metaphor was that of a surgeon amputating the gangrenous arm (the Constitution) to save the body (the Union).”

MartinGugino on Feb 17, 2013 at 20:17:14

“His oath is to preserve not the country but to preserve the ideals of the country. The Bill of Rights is not the arm, but the heart, of the country.”

TheIndependenceParty on Feb 2, 2013 at 13:13:21

“You are referring to Section 9, which is very explicit:

"The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."

Neither Rebellion or Invasion have occurred. Bush and Obama have both violated the Constitution.”
Military Commission Won't Say Whether US Constitution Applies to 9/11 Case (Updated)

Military Commission Won't Say Whether US Constitution Applies to 9/11 Case (Updated)

Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 10:15:58 in World

“The rule of law broken has been that of International law (Geneva Conventions) by the unlawful combatant Islamist extremists. The Conventions were written to protect innocent civilians in time of war, not to protect those who would PRETEND to be civilians in order to kill them.”
Military Commission Won't Say Whether US Constitution Applies to 9/11 Case (Updated)

Military Commission Won't Say Whether US Constitution Applies to 9/11 Case (Updated)

Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 10:13:18 in World

“"Military Commission" is similar to "tribunal," and simply refers to a court that respects military rule of law, a long-held legally established process for attaining a high level of judicial effectiveness and efficiency for wartime legal infractions. "Detainee" is a legal term which is different from "prisoner" in that it does not imply "corrections" or "punishment." A detained person is simply held pending a legal outcome. Detainees held in military detention facilities who are not charged with war crimes and are captured during hostilities may be released upon cesation of hostilities.”
Military Commission Won't Say Whether US Constitution Applies to 9/11 Case (Updated)

Military Commission Won't Say Whether US Constitution Applies to 9/11 Case (Updated)

Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 12:16:33 in World

“The Constitution of the United States of America is the "law of the land," THIS land, not ALL lands. Cuba is decidedly NOT the good ol' USofA, which drives Islamist extremist lawfare advocates nuts! What does rule are the Geneva Conventions and the Law of Land Warfare (FM 27-10, http://ac-support.europe.umuc.edu/~nstanton/FM27-10.htm), and the Military Commissions Act of 2009, the later of which should make lawfare advocates very happy, as it gives virtually the SAME rights to an unlawful combatant as you or I would enjoy in a U.S. Federal Court of Law (Comparison of Rules & Procedures in war crime tribunals http://www.mc.mil/ABOUTUS/LegalSystemComparison.aspx What's the difference?). So, what's the beef?”

MartinGugino on Feb 17, 2013 at 20:22:07

“If the constitution is not the law at Guantanamo Bay, then the military commissions, created by laws authorized under the constitution, have no authority there either.”
Guantanamo Detainees Could Be Moved To U.S. Jails, Government Report Says

Guantanamo Detainees Could Be Moved To U.S. Jails, Government Report Says

Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 05:24:31 in Politics

“Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is still the best, safest and most secure place for unlawful combatant Islamist extremists who want to kill us. And according to International and U.S. law (Geneva Conventions and Law of Land Warfare (FM 27-10), respectively) it is legal to hold unlawful combatants (and lawful combatant POWs too, by the way) "until the end of hostilities." 9/11/01 REALLY happened. 13+ terrorist attacks on New York City since 9/11/01 were REALLY thwarted. Benghazi REALLY happened. So, until al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other unlawful combatant Islamist extremists lay down their weapons and raise their hands in surrender, we actually still do need the best, safest, and most secure place to hold those whom we capture.”

Burl Dunn on Nov 29, 2012 at 06:00:29

“I wonder how many didn't want to kill us before they were imprisoned AND tortured?”
Judge Bans the T-Word in 9/11 Hearing

Judge Bans the T-Word in 9/11 Hearing

Commented Oct 21, 2012 at 06:02:39 in World

“You are funny, and quite pius! The sarchasm doesn't help, either. I am sure Gen. Washington knew nothing about waterboarding, and if he did would probably have used it to save lives, just as Bush did. True patriots, both!”

Greenchilistew on Oct 21, 2012 at 11:35:22

“George Washington knew that torturing debases us and robs us of our claims to liberty. Not a single actionable piece of intelligence can be demonstrably proven to have been derived from waterboarding. Not one. The self serving claims to the contrary from the authors of torture are to be no more believed than when they claimed Iraq was behind the 9/11 attacks. We executed enemy troops for warterboarding our troops AND we did the same to our own troops for waterboarding prisoners. The line that you are standing in contains Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Alan West, etc. I prefer to stand in the same line as President and General George Washington.”
Judge Bans the T-Word in 9/11 Hearing

Judge Bans the T-Word in 9/11 Hearing

Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 04:55:46 in World

“Oh, please! Get over yourself and wake up! What al Qaeda or Taliban would even keep a US prisoner alive long enough to torture him beyond the sawing off of their head, a-la Daniel Pearl? The waterboarding of KSM "saved many lives" according to then president George Bush, and that's good enough for me. See my answer to your "torture" claim above. We are at war. 9/11/01 really happened, and there are still many unlawful combatant Islamist extremists out there who want to kill us. They will wage lawfare and lies about how they are treated in captivity, and have even been trained in how to lie, what to say, to whom and when should they be captured. Unfortunately, you and your terrorist sympathizing ilk can't see past the end of your nose.”

Greenchilistew on Oct 17, 2012 at 10:45:55

“You trust the word of a man of whom it is incontrovertibly known lied to get us into war in the first place? If he lied to get us there, he lied to keep us there. NOBODY in OR outside the Bush administration can point to even a single instance where torture provided ANY actionable intelligence - not even once.

You've unambiguously aligned yourself with the torturers of history and staked a position at odds with then General George Washington who said this about how we should treat our own soldiers who torture:

“Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause… for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country.”

Maybe you claim that Bush was somehow a greater military leader or president that George Washington? On this subject Washington is clearly the authority. He advocated execution for our troops who torture. According to the standards set by Washington himself, because they gave the orders to torture, Bush, Cheney, et al. deserve that same fate.

Maybe you think yourself more of an expert on this subject that Washington?”
Judge Bans the T-Word in 9/11 Hearing

Judge Bans the T-Word in 9/11 Hearing

Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 04:49:19 in World

“If by "torture" you mean waterboarding, yes, that's fine with me under the circumstances I understand KSM to have been waterboarded. It's something our own special operators undergo as training to prepare for the potential of being captured.”

TheAntiOkie on Oct 18, 2012 at 08:18:02

“Waterboarding is torture. You support torture. I do not support torture under any circumstances. It's heinous and it accomplishes nothing of real value except allowing those who perform these heinous acts the feeling of power over their enemies.”
Judge Bans the T-Word in 9/11 Hearing

Judge Bans the T-Word in 9/11 Hearing

Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 04:50:53 in World

“This is not unlike how things would go were the trial held in Federal Court. In my Federal Court case against a former employer who eliminated my job after my srevice in Iraq, the judge strictly forbade any heresey, stopped the trial if there were any emotion-laden or descriptive explanations regarding my feelings, and allowed only evidence that was pertaining to the claim, period. Most people have no idea how narrow the scope of a trial is. Don't go weeping for unlawful combatant Islamist extremists who aren't allowed to spew their tales of woe while perfectly cared for at the finest military detention faiclity on the planet.”

FearlessFreep on Oct 16, 2012 at 13:08:45

“Is that sarcasm too?”

Greenchilistew on Oct 16, 2012 at 12:43:02

“And yet, we debased ourselves when we decided to torture. We became as base as our enemies who torture AND we absolutely guaranteed that captured U.S. service personnel WILL be tortured in the future. And for what? Not a single piece of actionable intelligence can be demonstrably, verifiably shown to have been gained via torture.

I weep not for our combatants, but for our lost sense of national honor, for our Constitution that we have soiled and dirtied and that no longer seems to shine as brightly as a beacon of hope.”

TheAntiOkie on Oct 16, 2012 at 10:29:46

“In other words, torture is fine with you and they should not be allowed to speak of it.”
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