Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Justice Scalia on Guantanamo Bay

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gives his opinion on Guantanamo Bay prisoners on March 8th - only weeks before hearing arguments on the case on March 28th.
Newsweek's Michael Isikoff writes about it in "Should Scalia Recuse Himself from Gitmo Case?"
The article contains a link to the full speech and q&a: 238MB file size.

Scalia states: "If he was captured by my army on a battlefield, that is where he belongs. I had a son on that battlefield and they were shooting at my son and I'm not about to give this man who was captured in a war a full jury trial. I mean it's crazy."
It should be noted that yes, Scalia's sone has been on the Iraq battlefield but the the Gitmo detainees in question have been imprisoned since before the Iraq invasion.

Also, according to Defense Dapartment Documents:
"Only 8 percent of the detainees were characterized as Al Qaeda fighters. Of the remaining detainees, 40 percent have no definitive connection with Al Qaeda at all and 18 percent have no definitive affiliation with either Al Qaeda or the Taliban.
"Only 5 percent of the detainees were captured by United States forces. [A total of] 86 percent of the detainees were arrested by either Pakistan or the Northern Alliance and turned over to United States custody. This 86 percent of the detainees captured by Pakistan or the Northern Alliance were turned over to the United States at a time at which the United States offered large bounties for capture of suspected enemies."

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