After 9-11, the national discussion turned - not on self-reflection, why it happened or what we as a nation did to deserve it? Instead, President Bush, standing on the rubble of the twin towers, took to the bullhorn and promised - not that the perpetrators would be brought to justice, but that justice would come to them. Semantics aside, it is clear that the Bush Administration desired affect was to punish the presumed perpetrators, but not render justice under a
In fact, at the height of the aftermath of 9-11, the collective anger focused on profiling the would-be culprits, namely Muslims – from anywhere. This is because
Originally, captured 9-11 suspects were housed at various countries (CIA black sites) for reasons of enhanced interrogations – until, there was international condemnation which questioned the legality of such detention methods. In response the Bush Administration opened a detention camp at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (GITMO) in
Further framing the argument that 9-11 detainees were not privileged to be tried under US courts, the Bush Administration held that these individuals were simply not covered under the Geneva Convention rules of war because they were terrorists and not soldiers of any recognized country or government. The Bush Administration thus labeled the detainees, “enemy combatants” in reference to being considered unlawful combatants.
March, 8, 2013
PS: I originally published this article with the Daily Kos on March 1,2013. Previously however, I had contacted the White House to get information as to when President Obama was to close the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay - but my inquiry was dismissed.
When I posted this article with the Daily Kos and on twitter, the article was sent to the White House.
This week, the nation became aware of Bin Laden's son-in-law being under US custody and not placed at Guantanamo but brought to the US mainland to be tried in a US court of law. This is CHANGE and justifiable.