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...
Prisoners of War are not criminals. That is why they are treated differently. They are held to keep them out of the war and are released after the war. These men are criminals and need to be brought to justice. Bringing them to justice includes a fair trial. A fair trial includes the protections of the Constitution. The Constitution does not protect only US citizens, it protects everyone. Even the Nazis were given fair trials.
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