Saturday, July 01, 2006
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled against President Bush this past week in the case of the Guantanamo detainees. Our Country's current administration believed that the captured prisoners of war should be dealt with through a military tribunal. However the group of nine old men and ladies felt differently.
I was once involved in a rather large federal lawsuit some years back and witnessed the justice system up close and personal. My attorneys kept telling me that the justice system works and I needed to believe in it. From my perspective the United States justice system works just fine as long as you are an attorney, a paralegal, a judge or an employee of the court or law enforcement. Plaintiffs and defendants roll the dice and take their chances. The ultimate outcome is based on the Golden Rule.
Yes the Golden Rule applies to the US justice system. Simply put, he who has the gold rules. As example, if you are wealthy and your case did not go well, appeal it if you have the cash. You say your strapped for bucks? Tough break loser!
But I digress. So the detainees at Guantanamo that have been charged with a crime of war deserve a trial in the US legal system and will no doubt be represented by the ACLU's finest. It's a damn shame Hitler offed himself when he did. He could have found some pity in the current US legal system. The New York Times would have stood up for him. Come to think of it, didn't they sort of do that through sins of ommision back in the day?
The other detainees will have to wait until after the war or until they are officially charged with a crime.
One thing that the ACLU and Amnesty International have not dealt with is most of the detainees are Saudi nationals that were captured in Afghanistan or Iraq and were fighting for Al Qaida or the Taliban. Once these captives are deported back to Saudi Arabia they will be held as criminals against the state and dealt with under Saudi justice. I'm certain at that time they will be appropriately represented and receive a fair and just trial.