The trial of the alleged masterminds of 9/11, which began last week at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will address some of the most profound issues of our era. Are natural rights truly inalienable, as Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, or can the government take them away from those it hates or fears? Does the Constitution protect the rights of all persons who come in contact with the government, or does it protect only certain Americans, as the government argues? Can the government deny a person due process by changing the rules retroactively, or...
That would work if the opposing elements followed the same conventions. The opposing forces do not allow for independant monitors to visit, as those prisoners do. They are being tried for crimes that under international law would be found as atrocities of war (killing civilians with no military significance). Those being held are concidered opposition forces. The problem with what has happened from the bombing of the baracks in Lebanan to 9/11 is that there is no military or individual country. This is unlike any other war this nation has faced. We are at war with an ideology bent on the destruction of this nation, and not a nation in and of itself. How do you declare war on Radical Islam when this nation has the freedom of religion?
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