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  •  Nobody is suggesting that they have all the ... (3+ / 0-)
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    rights of U.S. citizens.  They clearly don't.  

    The question, instead, is whether they have ANY legally enforceable rights, even those rights which are accorded by all civilized countries to all persons held in their custody.  And make no mistake about it -- this administration's position is that they have NO legally enforceable rights whatsoever.  Legally, this administration's position is apparently that they have simply "disappeared."  And if that's evocative of certain other events in this hemisphere's history during the past half century, it's meant to be.

    "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor security." -Ben Franklin

    by leevank on Sat Jan 13, 2007 at 06:17:34 PM PST

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    •  If we threat them like combatants they do... (0+ / 0-)

      Have rights.

      Ask yourself this question, if we go to war with say Iran, tomorrow, and 10 US soldiers are captured, would you want them to be completely isolated from the world, without any rights?

      This is a very slippery slope, remember "The Golden Rule" which is the most essential basis for the modern concept of human rights:

      "do unto others as you would have them do unto you"

      If we fail on our side to afford even the most despicable of criminals some basic human rights then we can't complain when ours are inherently violated by them.

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