Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The idea that because some folks held at Guantanamo become involved in terror after being released they shouldn't be released at all

Pisses me off. In the United States if someone charged with a crime is convicted, and is then found to have been beaten by police and to have had a trial that was full of gross misconduct by the judge and the prosecutor he's released. If he goes out and commits another crime, and is convicted for it, it has no bearing on the wrongness of his previous conviction. Yet in Guantanamo we have people who have sat in cages, being tortured, without being charged, for years, who are then cleared by biased military tribunals as opposed to civilian judges. When some of these people are released they go and join terrorist organizations. Their actions after their release do not mean that it was wrong to overlook all of it and do what was right and let them go. It doesn't mean that all of the miscarriages of justice that happened were justified because they really were real bad guys. What it could mean is that people subjected to torture and indefinite detention are likely to be pissed off at the people who did it to them, possibly leading them to join terrorist groups.

If you care about basic rightness and justice you won't join folks who point out that most of the people accused of having joined terrorist groups after their release from Guantanamo Bay were cleared under Bush. That's not the point. The point is right and wrong.

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