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Old 01-23-2002, 09:48 PM   #1
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Torturing of the captives

How come the resident liberals haven't commented on the US's treatment of the detainees in Cuba?

I was hoping to respond....

Maybe this post will incite some debate.

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Old 01-23-2002, 11:22 PM   #2
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Hahahaha.. I'm just sitting here shitting in my pants as I read this.. I too have been waiting for the resident liberals to chime in on this topic,

I think they know that there's no issue for them to actually step in on without looking like a fully ignorant jackass..

There's no torture going on in Cuba... There's a column in the Chicago Tribune about how good they're being treated.

Or better yet.. Acknowledging, by their 'Oh Poor Prisoners' sentiments, their own liberalness.. Which they hate.

Seriously.. Also Have you read anything on Enron in regards to the Bush Administration?.. Nooooooo.. They know there's nothing there either.

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well i really dont get why lemonite posted what he did. i dont fall into any political group, sue me.

torturing people is bullshit.

perhaps u2 should drop any ties with amnesty international because they are against it. oh but wait, those prisoners are sub-human! theyre not really pow (i tried to say this ironically, but in fact, the us wont even call them that!) so they dont deserve anything!

clearly, this is sickening. i believe in detainment, but what they are doing is rediculous.

i want to know why on earth those people are in cuba, when the us clearly has no use for that "communist-barbaric society." would the us allow cuba to do the same thing? i doubt it.

my point has been made, though it is unlikely that i came across clear, as i never know how to express myself.
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well i really dont get why lemonite posted what he did. i dont fall into any political group, sue me.

torturing people is bullshit.

perhaps u2 should drop any ties with amnesty international because they are against it. oh but wait, those prisoners are sub-human! theyre not really pow (i tried to say this ironically, but in fact, the us wont even call them that!) so they dont deserve anything!

clearly, this is sickening. i believe in detainment, but what they are doing is rediculous.

i want to know why on earth those people are in cuba, when the us clearly has no use for that "communist-barbaric society." would the us allow cuba to do the same thing? i doubt it.

my point has been made, though it is unlikely that i came across clear, as i never know how to express myself.

Re-read your post and tell me what the hell you are talking about.

It reminds me of your capitalism post. Are you sure you said goodbye to the teenage years?

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clearly, this is sickening. i believe in detainment, but what they are doing is rediculous.
What, exactly, are U.S. forces doing that qualifies as sickening, ridiculous torture?
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Old 01-24-2002, 03:54 AM   #6
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Hahahaha.. I'm just sitting here shitting in my pants as I read this.. I too have been waiting for the resident liberals to chime in on this topic,

I think they know that there's no issue for them to actually step in on without looking like a fully ignorant jackass..

There's no torture going on in Cuba... There's a column in the Chicago Tribune about how good they're being treated.

Or better yet.. Acknowledging, by their 'Oh Poor Prisoners' sentiments, their own liberalness.. Which they hate.

Seriously.. Also Have you read anything on Enron in regards to the Bush Administration?.. Nooooooo.. They know there's nothing there either.

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What the hell is this supposed to even mean?

You clearly know what everybody is going to say already, so why even drop in. Except to rabble-rouse, of course.
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What I find interesting about the debate of how these prisoners are being treated is that no one talks about what life would be like for them back home. In a US prison, they get three meals a day, state of the art medical attention (a couple are even being treated for TB), and they get a safe place to rest their American hating heads every night. I doubt that they would have ANY of the three in Afganistan.
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considering the inflamatory nature of Lemonite's post, and the potential for some kind of explosion, I hesitate to push this issue any further. But I will hesitate no longer and just light the fuse.

I know Holy John doesn't want to post here because he feels it's futile. But I would like to be educated on this matter. I have heard snippets on the news that some people don't like how these prisoners are being treated, but that's about all I've heard. Have there been legitimate reports of torture? Is it just that we are holding them prisoner that is a problem? I truly don't know and would just like to get the scoop. I know death bear said something sickening is happening. What is it?

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Spiral.. Allow me to educate you for a bit.. With some explanation So I don't have to post twice.

About a week ago, a few pictures came out showing the detainees under the custody of America.

These pictures started a huuuge uproar in the media and in Britain... Here's why...

1. They were wearing what the media reported as hoods..
Actually these were snow caps.. woolies.. schnuggies.. whatever you call them, because it was cold on the plane

2. They were wearing earmuffs...
Again, because it was cold, and America didn't want them to freeze, but you couldn't tell what they were from the picture.

3. They were on their knees..
There's no circumstances surrounding this issue.. Perhaps they were praying, but again, there's nothing wrong even if they were on their knees

4. They were chained, Handcuffs or what not...
The liberal Media jumped on this as some sort of extraordinary treatment.. When in actuality, these detainees had already tried to attack the MP's, bitten one of them on their arm, and Threatened to kill the Americans...

Britain executives went into the prison camp the other day and talked to a few British detainees about their conditions, and they said there were no complaints.

Here is a little quote from our extremely geniusical Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,"

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Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday the United States is treating the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay "humanely," and in accordance with Geneva Conventions.

"No detainee has been harmed. No detainee has been mistreated in any way," the defense secretary said in Washington.

The detainees are receiving "warm showers, toiletries, water, clean clothes, blankets, regular, culturally appropriate meals, prayer mats, and the right to practice their religions," in addition to medical care, writing materials and visits from the International Red Cross, Rumsfeld said.

Rumsfeld said critics were not taking into account the danger detainees pose to military guards. He said that one detainee at Guantanamo has threatened to kill Americans, and another has bitten a U.S. military guard.

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I think what people don't understand is just how mean, evil, and well.. shitty these people are.. they want to kill each and every one of us.. Whether it be by smashing a baseball bat over our head.. slamming a plane into your house, or blow a puff of anthrax into your face.. They are being treated accordingly..

They have their basic human rights, they have their dignity... Chain link fences are present so as to keep the Americans safe.. And that is the first priority.. they are being more than accomodated due to the danger they present our men.

Someone above posted how that 'Real life doesnt occur in this forum'.. I think we all realize that.. This is just a place to discuss it.. talk about what's happening in the real world.. I'm expecting to see a petition up soon headlined by you to Get rid of this forum..cuz Apparently.. .this forum is worthless.


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You know, the trouble with this is that the U.S. wishes to carry this out in secret. What the fuck do you expect? Do you really think the world is going to trust someone who carries out secret trials? And that, somehow, if Dubya's administration states that they're being treated well, on the basis of his words alone without showing evidence, that people are just going to shut up?

Sorry, life doesn't work that way. If Bush wishes to run this war like a Stalinist puppet trial, then he had better be ready for the repercussions.

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Melon:

Do you suggest he run it like the O.J. Simpson trial, with Court TV and all that on hand? Maybe it would give the detainees a chance to "beat the system" despite their guilt as O.J. did.

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Lemonite, thanks for the info.
Melon, I understand that secrecy begets suspicion. But what I was referring to (and what this thread is about) is not concerns about secret trials, but about how the prisoners are being treated. If there's nothing beyond what Lemonite described, I don't see any problems. And if the British have been to the prison camp and spoken to detainees...it doesn't sound that secret to me. It certainly doesn't sound "sickening" or "ridiculous". Am I missing something. Is Lemonite deceiving me??

The trials are a whole other bowl of soup. I hope we can strike some kind of balance between "Stalinist puppet trial" and internationally televised court-room entertainment.

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And there accommadations were a bitmore meager then they had anticipated..

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The United States is a party to the Geneva Conventions, the laws governing the treatment of persons captured during armed conflict. Every captured fighter is entitled to humane treatment, understood at a minimum to include basic shelter, clothing, food and medical attention. In addition, no detainee - even if suspected of war crimes such as the murder of civilians - may be subjected to torture, corporal punishment, or humiliating or degrading treatment. If they are tried for crimes, the trials must satisfy certain basic fair trial guarantees.

Prisoners of war are entitled to further protections, commensurate with respect for their military status as soldiers. Indeed, the Geneva Conventions provide that prisoners of war must be quartered in conditions that meet the same general standards as the quarters available to the captor's forces, e.g. the U.S. armed forces.

Not all of the detainees shipped to Cuba are considered POWs. Under the Geneva Conventions, captured fighters are POWs if they are members of an adversary state's armed forces or are part of an identifiable militia group that abides by the laws of war.

Most members of al-Qaida, wearing no insignia or abiding by the laws of war, would probably not qualify as prisoners of war. But Taliban soldiers, whether Afghan or foreign, comprised the armed forces of Afghanistan and should be entitled to POW status. If there is doubt about anyone's status as a prisoner of war, the Geneva Conventions require that he be treated as such until a competent tribunal determines otherwise. To our knowledge, no tribunals have made any such determinations.

Which brings us back to the cages in Cuba. The United States would never house members of its armed forces in chain-link cages, nor would it accept such treatment for any of its soldiers captured by enemy forces. Such conditions are simply unacceptable for anyone, much less people entitled to be treated as POWs.

It may be difficult for Americans who have lived through the horror of Sept. 11 and its aftermath to accept the idea that anyone captured during the fighting in Afghanistan has basic rights that must be respected. But to think otherwise is to accept the values of terrorism. Those who were willing to send airplanes into office buildings deny the fundamental dignity and human rights possessed by every human being -even one's enemy.

In fighting terrorism, the United States must show that it operates with a different set of values, the values affirmed by international human rights and humanitarian law.


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