Monday, February 1, 2010

Joe, terrorists are not military combatants

Joe, get it right.

Twice on Fox 25 this morning, Joe Malone referred to the terrorist detainees—in a segment about Eric Holder’s trial of Khalid Shiekh Mohammed in federal civilian court—as military combatants.

“What we’ve done here is said we’re going to bend over backwards, spend $200 million a year so that we can create a forum for these people, who are military combatants. No, that shouldn’t be the way it should be. We should follow the rules, which we’ve done in every war, and we should treat them like military combatants…”

These people are illegal enemy combatants, a far cry from the military combatants who are the focus of the Geneva Convention. Although I agree with Joe that the trial of KSM in Manhattan is a horrendous idea, he should study up some on terminology, the Geneva Convention, and the 2001 presidential military order “Detention, Treatment, and Trial of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism.”

Copyright 2010 Randy Hunt

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