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  •  We here in the US have decided on a set (0+ / 0-)

    of rights that we want to enjoy when our government charges us with a crime. That is our legal framework. These individuals are NOT part of the negotiation. They are foreigners, and do not benefit from laws written specifically to protect citizens. They are not legally entitled to the same right to trial by jury, the 4th Amendment, etc. You may be arguing that you think they SHOULD get these rights, but they do not have them. That is really not even in contention.

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 01:15:47 PM PST

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    •  Singapore (0+ / 0-)

      Y'know, I remember when that dumb kid got arrested in Singapore - I don't remember his name. He was tried and convicted, and the sentence included a caning, which freaked a lot of people out. But, as I recall, there was nothing that the U.S. could really do aside from diplomatic and media pressure. He committed a crime against the people of Singapore, and regardless of his status as a foreigner, Singapore law applied.

      Likewise, anybody who commits a crime in, or against, the United States is subject to American law - including the Constitution. So yes, the detainees at Gitmo are entitled to certain protections. The Geneva Conventions may also apply.

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