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Yet Another Response to Yet Another Piece of NeoCon Imbecillity

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« on: May 13, 2011, 02:06:19 am »

One point of clarification:

Some NeoCon diehards may object to my characterization of US-held captives in the "Global War on Terror" as prisoners of war, on the basis of their classification by the US government as "Unlawful Combatants".   The truth is, that the category of "Unlawful Combatants" is a non-existent legal fiction concocted by the NeoCons to deny all legal protection to anyone the US government doesn't like: in true totalitarian fashion, they're beginning with Moslems, and are extending this to loyal US citizens of all religions.  Indeed, the very promulgation of the "Unlawful Combatant" category constitutes a blatant declaration on the part of the US of her refusal to abide by Geneva Convention protections for prisoners of war, which declaration denies American servicemen and servicewomen who enter into the custody of enemy powers the benefit of these same protections.  The bottom line is this: when engaging in combat with powers not recognized as state entities, a state has two choices: treat your captives as prisoners of war with full Geneva Convention protection, or treat them as criminals with recourse to due process of law.  The very promulgation of the status of "Unlawful Combatant" by the US constitutes a declaration by the US of her status as a lawless state.

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