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The Cody Blog: The Cody News (June 13th, 2005)

Monday, June 13, 2005

The Cody News (June 13th, 2005)

Pressure to close Guantánamo grows
Seattle Times - 6 hours ago
By The Washington Post and The Associated Press. WASHINGTON — Vice President Dick Cheney said yesterday that the administration has no plans to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as some ...
The location itself and/or the conditions themselves are not the problem. The problem is the lack of due process.

Death toll in Iran explosions rises to 10
Chicago Sun-Times - 53 minutes ago
BY ALI AKBAR DAREINI ASSOCIATED PRESS. TEHRAN, Iran -- The death toll from weekend explosions days before Iran's presidential election rose to 10 when one of the injured died, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Monday. ...
Unfortunately the road to democracy is usually a bloody one.

Aoun's poll win gives him major voice in Lebanon
Reuters - 2 hours ago
By Nadim Ladki. BEIRUT (Reuters) - The firebrand former general Michel Aoun emerged on Monday as Lebanon's main Christian political force after scoring a stunning win in parliamentary elections only weeks after returning from exile. ...
Will democracy stick?

Mississippi trial tries to right wrong
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription), GA - Jun 11, 2005
... History is again on the line as the state of Mississippi attempts — for the ... Klan leader and the alleged mastermind of the crime, goes on trial Monday for the ...
Rent “Mississippi Burning,” a Hollywood account of this tragedy.

Spurs dig in
SLAM! Sports - 2 hours ago
SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs are a nasty piece of business in real life, designed as they are to inflict pain on horses. Last night the San Antonio Spurs inflicted so much pain on the Detroit Pistons, someone should have called the humane society. ...
Alright, alright. I’ll admit I saw five minutes of the game and Ginobili is pretty damn exciting. Still boring overall though.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cody, I have to say I don't really understand the due process comment.
The advantage the terrorists have is the generous freedoms that a civilized country like ours affords them.

In example, if we play touch football while they are playing balls to the wall, we might as well hand the country over.

6/13/2005 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger BelowTheCrowd said...

The problem is that we don't appear to have terrorists in our possession at Gitmo.

If they were terrorists, and we could possibly put them on trial in any way, we most certainly would have. The fact that they continue to languish there suggests to me that we don't have enough information to prove that they're anything more than a bunch of thugs who were unlucky enough to get captured in (mostly) Afghanistan.

We don't want to release them because they very well might re-join cells that threaten us or our allies over there. In many cases, it might not even be clear where we release them to. Their countries of citizenship usually don't want them back (often Saudi, also many others) and the new Afghani government absolutely doesn't want them released there.

In truth, I think we're kind of stuck. We've got lots of "enemy combatants" whose usefulness is declining and perhaps nonexistent, who can't be charged because they haven't committed a crime under any US laws, but who we can't easily release either.

Taking them out of the area where they were captured was a very bad decision, and this is the very messy result.

6/13/2005 03:18:00 PM  

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