EVALUATIONS ON 1st Draft for Hondezy
- think about what foriegn nationals are. i have not seem a formal definition, but i dont think they are captured on battlefields. i believe they are people already in the united states, but not citizens, and definetly not soldiers. in which case, you can still discuss the standards of the geneva convention as precedent, but not as directly applicable to the foriegn nationals' situations. you are correct that the constitution guarantees the rights of us citizens only. hope this helps, contributed by spearmint
Although I hold a different opinion regarding the entire issue, I must agree with your opening remarks, that terrorism is different to regular warfare and must thus be pursued differently. I must also commend you on your introduction which I think was excellent. I have just two comments regarding points that you made.
- Firstly, remember that it was the US who invaded Iraq under questionable justification and motives, and not the other way around. Thus the persons captured in Iraq were already robbed of their rights and should be entitled to those of the Bill of Rights, or a specific set of fair rights clearly outlined.
- Secondly, I must ask, are the people of Iraq not expected to defend themselves and shoot on the battle field? How can you justify detaining such persons indefinitely for defending themselves. Do you agree that by extention, the Iraqis have the right to detain captured US soldiers "as long as deemed necessary?"
- contributed by Sal
To incarcerate someone on the battlefield and to incarcerate someone suspected of terrorism are 2 totally different things. If you capture someone on the battlefield you can charge them but you can't charge someone that you suspect is guilty. This is why they are called suspects. You can't incarcerate every suspect. I do agree that terrorism is slightly different though. If someone is suspected of murdering someone else you don't have to incarcerate the suspect because you can protect the person to be murdered. However in terms of terrorism, you can't protect the country. Also, I'm not sure about who the constitution protects. It says in Amendment 14 that "nor shall any state deprive ANY person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law." There are other parts in the constitution that apply to all "accused persons" not just citizens. - light_switch
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