Enemies or prisoners without recourse?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, August 19, 2005

Recently the commanding officer of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Brig. Gen. Jay Hood filed an affidavit in federal court that detainees who are deemed no longer a threat to the United States will be classed as "No Longer Enemy Combatants" (NLEC). Hood stated that some of the NLEC prisoners would be moved to a renovated section with televisions, stereos and a view of the Caribbean.

President Bush made the argument that enemy combatants do not have the rights of prisoners under the Geneva Convention, do not have the right of legal representation or the right to their day in court. Now, these prisoners are in NLEC status. I have a question for Bush. Why do these men remain in the Guantanamo concentration camp? If they are not and have not been in the past, enemy combatants, they should be released returned home and compensated for their illegal imprisonment. If they committed crimes, they should have their day in court, not extra judicial punishment under the tyrannical arbitrariness of a despot. Permanent incarceration of our foes without trial is a war crime.

Thomas Imboden


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