Thursday, June 14, 2007

Colin Powell says Close Guantanamo

General Colin Powell said this week that we should close Guantanamo Bay as a prison for terrorists. I say let's give these terrorists a trial that the world will proclaim as fair, and if guilty, throw them into the general population of a prison in my native Southwest Missouri. Justice will be achieved.

One of the deepest and most thoughtful articles I have read on this subject is The American Way of Justice By Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift. The first paragraph will remind you of who Lt. Cmdr. Swift is: It's time for some perspective, please. It's time to close Guantanamo Bay. Yes , I am the military officer who sued my commander in chief and the secretary of defense on behalf of a Guantanamo Bay detainee named Salim Hamdan.

What I sought was simply that the president, just like the soldiers, sailors, and marines under his command, be required to comply with the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Geneva Conventions. Because I believe that resorting to secret prisons, coercive interrogations, and the abandonment of the rule of law is not the way to keep our country safe from a handful of fanatics. Last summer, with the help of my civilian co-counsel, Professor Neal Katyal, and the law firm of Perkins Coie, I won the case in the Supreme Court of the United States. The problem is that the victory, as big as it was, was disdained by the administration, which has attempted to defy the Supreme Court and the rule of law by building Guantanamo up in the wake of the decision, instead of down. That needs to change.

Read the entire article at http://www.esquire.com/features/ESQ0307swift

You will agree with Gen. Powell and Lt. Cmdr. Swift, Guantanamo must be closed and the U.S. must reclaim our position in the world as the leader of justice and fairness.

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