Originally Posted by jcat
Then why have many been released, often after years, without charges being brought against them? Is it "okay" to mistreat "would-be" terrorists, some of whom were teenagers (one was just 14!) when captured? How can you hope to spread the idea of democracy, due process, and human rights by setting such a bad example? It has gone beyond rumors of abuse, or accusations made by NGOs - these reports were made by FBI personnel.
I can understand wanting to protect your country in wartime, but putting people who might not even be guilty
in prison, without evidence, without a trial, without due process or access to lawyers, or acknowledging their rights is just wrong. Imagine the horror of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or knowing the wrong people, or accessing the wrong website, and ending up in what seems to me to be essentially an oubliette
and the only reason you're there is because you "might"
be a terrorist. Not because you are
a terrorist, but because you fit a certain pre-determined criteria that says you could
be a terrorist.
I don't understand the mentality that says it's okay to do these things because your country is at war and because you need to protect yourselves. I love my country and I love being a Canadian, but if our government suddenly decided that the only way we could be "safe" would be to systematically strip away our civil liberties and imprison innocent people, I would feel my patriotism begin to diminish rather drastically. It's not
okay because you're at war: you're at war to protect
the very things you're stripping away from those you've imprisoned.