Monday, June 28, 2004

Questions for Lawyers about Rasul v US

Why can't we have the Guantanamo detainees prosecuted by the new governments of Iraq and Afghanistan for crimes of violence and conspiracy? Then we could 'request' custody of them as convicted felons serving out a lengthy prison term instead of holding them indefinitely as persons of indeterminate status. Would that work?

Or, for future situations where those governments don't exist yet, make unregistered ownership of firearms by noncombatants a felony violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, try suspects by military court, and then grant clemency to anybody who cooperates with our government. Would that work?

If you think these are possible alternatives to indefinite detention, should we employ them?

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