It is traditional in waging wars to take “prisoners,” but since the launch of wars in Asia and the Middle East by American leaders such as George Bush, Donald Trump, Dick Cheney, and Barack Obama, we have invented a new term–Detainees. The men now in a prison, or should we say, a Prisoner of War camp, are not prisoners, they are Detainees. I do not recall anything in the Geneva Convention protocols(those who entered the Army, at least during the Korean War received lectures on respecting this international code of military justice) that refers to -Detainees. There currently are 154 human beings still at Guantanamo Bay prison who are – Detainees. Questions:
1. Are there war crime charges against these men?
2. Is there proof they actually engaged in fighting against American forces, either in Afghanistan or in Iraq?
3. Or, should one ask if anyone has gotten around to investigating these charges?
4. If they are guilty, why have they not been placed on trial?
Instead, these human beings are subject to forced feeding and ongoing brutality. I do not know of any prior example in American history in which prisoners in a war were denied basic human rights to be tried in a court of law–civilian or military!!