Guantanamo Detainees Deserve No ‘Rights’
Re “Detained, Without Details,” Nov. 1: So the aliens detained at Guantanamo Bay are “seeking the right to confront their accusers in U.S. courts.” What? The 6th Amendment guarantees this right to the accused in a criminal prosecution in a U.S. court, but the article emphasized that the detainees haven’t even been charged. And what is the “right to due process in the courts” the detainees are arguing for?
Who or what says that access to U.S. courts is due unlawful combatants at all? Whatever the U.S. may have owed Ignatz Mezei [a prisoner during the Red Scare of the 1950s], it owes little or nothing to men captured out of uniform on a foreign battlefield, within shooting distance of our soldiers.