Civil liberties: detention without trial

Discussion in 'Current Affairs' started by Karma, Oct 7, 2007.

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  1. The third in a series of articles by the Economist was published this week

    Discussions on the previous two were Torture and Surveillance .

    Judges and parliamentarians are restraining the zeal of governments who want a free hand to fight terror. The third in our series.

    HAULED before a military tribunal at the American naval base in Guantánamo Bay, the detainee, picked up in Afghanistan, asked why he was being held. For associating with a member of al-Qaeda, he was told. Give me his name, the detainee demanded. The tribunal's president said he didn't know it. Nor did any of the tribunal's other members. “How can I respond to this?†the detainee cried before being taken back to his cell to continue his detention, perhaps for the rest of his life.
  2. If that's a strong enough reason to detain someone, it's time to arrest most of the Bush administration and hold them in a military base somewhere beyond the reach of the American justice system. After all these were the people who bankrolled groups like the Taliban and thus aided Al Q.

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