G’itmo Detainees Are Not American Citizens

You just know that this is going to become another cause celeb'

Abdul Rahim insists he's an apolitical student who fled a strict father. But he's fallen into a black hole in the war on terror in which first the Taliban and then the United States imprisoned him as an enemy of the state.

Arrested by the Taliban in Afghanistan in January 2000, Rahim says al-Qaida leaders burned him with cigarettes, smashed his right hand, deprived him of sleep, nearly drowned him and hanged him from the ceiling until he "confessed" to spying for the United States.

U.S. forces took the young Kurd from Syria into custody in January 2002 after the Taliban fled his prison. Accusing him of being an al-Qaida terrorist, U.S. interrogators deprived him of sleep, threatened him with police dogs and kept him in stress positions for hours, he says. He's been held ever since as an enemy combatant.

OK, that is the story that leads to

Rahim's story is one of several emerging from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay as defense lawyers make bids to free their clients while the Bush administration tries to use a new law to lock them out of federal courts.

After the Supreme Court overturned President Bush's plans for commissions to try detainees, Bush obtained a new law from Congress barring federal courts from hearing appeals for release by any alien "properly detained as an enemy combatant." The Justice Department told district and appellate judges this week they no longer have jurisdiction to hear dozens of such pending cases.

A court fight over that is certain.

Calling the move to strip jurisdiction "a direct attack on our constitutional structure," Federal Public Defender Steven T. Wax in Portland, Ore., said, "We will litigate that as hard as we can in whatever forum we can find, because they are wrong."

Have these people, including the ones who write the stories, ever read the Constitution? Do they understand it? I would have to say "no," since, again they fail to realize that the Constitution applies to American citizens, not scumbags caught on the battlefields of Afghanistan, fighting against the US and Coalition forces, wearing no uniform.

Someone like John Walker Lindh, as an American citizen, is entitled to Constitutional protections, no matter what kind of traitor he is. The rest? Who cares? Seriously, who cares? They are terrorist scumbags associated with Al Queda. Most of you libs say you support the Afghanistan ops (despite the country never having attacked us), but whine about the treatment of the scumbags. Get real.

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