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  •  Even the Red Cross agress that AQ members are (0+ / 0-)

    not POW's.

    "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

    by Geekesque on Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 08:33:22 AM PDT

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    •  And Taliban? (1+ / 0-)
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      Well, Obama seems to disagree with you even about AQ.

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 08:35:18 AM PDT

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      •  It's within his discretion to treat them that way (0+ / 0-)

        It's an open debate as to whether private militias like the Taliban can claim POW status.  If they camp out in the mountains and are clearly combatants, sure.  If they blend into villages in order to blow up girls' schools, nope.

        "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

        by Geekesque on Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 08:39:23 AM PDT

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        •  Al Quada and the Taliban create a unique problem (2+ / 0-)
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          because of the conflict over their status as POW's, enemy combatants, or simply criminals.  This illustrates the importance of the label that we give them.  How we label them defines their rights.  

          We can not continually change the label depending on what rights we want to afford to an individual.  

          The Canary in the Coalmine is available for purchase at patriotictruthteller.net

          by Jesselyn Radack on Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 08:47:07 AM PDT

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          •  Labels are not mutually exclusive. (0+ / 0-)

            They can be both a criminal and a combatant.  Indeed, it's going to be the case very often that AQ members are both combatants and criminals.

            Less so for the Taliban, though it certainly would apply to some of them too.

            "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

            by Geekesque on Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 08:48:49 AM PDT

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