Yesterday in response to my post about the Habeas Corpus issue I received this comment from the Automatic Rebalancer.
Of course if a foreign citizen commits a crime in the civilian world, he'd be subject to hab.corp. I agree. But that's not the central issue here...and that's precisely why McCain is against the Ct. ruling. His imprisonment was as a P.O.W. PoW's and detainees of military actions are not afforded civilian habeas corpus. That's why there's been no complaint from him on the matter. Essentially the Sup. Ct. has overruled Congress' law and said these terrorists, labeled as enemy combatants of a military action should instead be subject to civilian jurisdiction. I say, Horse$hit! They were taken under military jurisdiction, and should remain as enemy combatants under military jurisdiction.
Here is my response:
Well thank you for your response to my article Major. I understand your points regarding military vs. civilian. I guess I have a problem with the classification of this situation as a time of war. Surely, it can not be disputed that the Taliban or whom ever it is that Bin Laden is choosing to associate with these days are enemies of the state I feel the situation of war is a special circumstance that our current engagement does not really satisfy. What nation are we at war with? Or are we as the Bush administration suggests at war with the concept of terror. I realize that this is primarily a semantic argument, but that is often the case when legal matters are at hand. Also, another point to consider with respect to this argument is that this ruling while extending to people such as Bin Laden is more intended as a protection for people who have been unjustly detained as a result of our war on a concept. I don't feel that it should be to unreasonable of an expectation for any human being if they are detained against their will to have the ability to press their captors for a justification as to why our government or any government for that matter has chosen to deprive them of this basic human right to freedom. I think then when the dust settles what we will see from this is that the people who deserve to be under the lock and key of our government for their crimes will be there because we can explain why it is that they are there. Also, as an aside. If this concern that Bin Laden could get off on some legal technicality weighs enough on the mind of our soldiers who are tracking him that when they do find him somebody's finger slips on a trigger. Well, I honestly can't say that the world would be any worse off.
Okay. Enough of that stuff. It's Friday. Got many of other things to post about later including: TF2 Pyro Updates - My initial impressions, and what the letter I would write Thom York of Radiohead would look like.