One hundred prisoners held in the American detention center at
Among the 166 detainees at Guantanamo, some, no doubt, are true enemies of the United States. It is no secret, however, that hapless fringe characters and many completely innocent men were also swept up in the fog of the
It is absurd to have to point this out, but too many members of
Sure, the argument is made that, because the Guantanamo detainees are not U.S. citizens and are quasi-prisoners of war, they do not have rights, but that argument is counter to bedrock American beliefs. The Declaration of Independence says all men are endowed with the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those rights have been taken away from these prisoners. It is time for the government to prove that they gave up those rights by committing acts worthy of imprisonment. And it is way past time to release those who already have been determined to be of no threat to this country.