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...
To raise the bar so high, encourages US soldiers to kill terrorists, not capture them. Protections of the constitution apply only to US citizens, not illegal combatants. To have tried the mastermind of 9/11 in Manhatten, would have cost a billion dollars. Military tribunals for captured spies, and others who are not unformed soldiers, has precedence. Captured Nazi spies were given a military trial, and executed.
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