Well Folks, as promised more on the "Detainee Bill", Military Commissions Act-2006, Bill S.3930 and also dubbed "The Torture Bill.
Now, being that I was never in the Military, nor do I have the background to give a comprehensive opinion on this bill, so I did not. What I DID do is go to someone who does have a Military Background, who does have extensive experience and schooling in Political Science and History, as well as being a teacher.
A quick note before posting these opinions: This is someone who happens to despise politics and has no affiliation with either party. In fact, I would go as far as to say, both sides of the aisle disgusts this person equally and for different reasons. With that said.... hold on cause heeeeeeeere we go!!!!!!
A few comments regarding S3930…
It’s about time that the differences between soldiers and fighters who have no military affiliation were recognized formally. There is a difference, like it or not, for those of you who want to play nice with these people in these terrorist organizations, between legitimate military and paramilitary. Members of terrorist factions are not soldiers, no matter what they call themselves or label themselves, by the sheer virtue of that they do NOT belong to any military organization established and sanctioned by a national government. They are, as this bill points out, “non-legal combatants” and as such should be afforded no protection under any of the articles of the Geneva conventions regarding prisoners of war, nor should they expect any quarter to be given to them as there is no formal declaration of war, therefore there are no formal rules of engagement agreed upon by the opposing factions.
Let’s look to history for a moment so that we can more clearly delineate between legal combatants and non-legal combatants…during WWII there were a great many resistance cells operating throughout
Europeinside Nazi occupied areas. Despite their tremendous efforts in helping to defeat the Nazis, the people who were members of these cells were not, in legal terms, legal combatants, as they were not members of the military of their nations or members of their national militias. In technical terms, they were non-legal combatants. The members of the German army, like the members of the other armies of those countries involved in the war, were legal combatants, as they belonged to the militaries of their respective nations.
S3930, which I have read in full and in depth, provides a clear explanation for the differences between legal and non-legal combatants, specifically in regards to the current operations being conducted against the Al Qaeda, allowing for those non-legal combatants captured in combat operations or other operations to be tried by military tribunal rather than civilian courts, thus eliminating the attempts by these prisoners to seek refuge under the Articles of the Geneva Conventions. Again, under the articles, they have no protection to begin with, as they are NON-LEGAL combatants. In other words, they are civilians who have chosen to take arms and engage legitimate military forces.
Now, as Dennis Miller would say, not to go on a rant here, BUT…it takes a lot of gall for these people who belong to these organizations, be it Al Qaeda or Hezbollah or whatever the flavor of the decade is that these radical extremists want to call themselves to operate in a CLEARLY illegal manner, commit acts of mass murder, willful destruction of property, espionage, conspiracy, and other crimes against U.S. citizens and expect protection under the U.S. legal system. Their sworn goal is the destruction of the
United States, the nation of and any other nation that stands with them, and they don’t mind dying in the process of trying to achieve those goals. They are willing to use any means necessary, be it car bombs, chemical and biological weapons, bombs planted on mass transit systems, or even the hijacking of commercial airliners by members of their organizations that trained in schools on OUR SOIL and turning those planes into weapons of mass destruction. They come to school in our countries, receive educations in our countries, and then use that education as a means to bring about chaos, disorder, and death in an attempt to destroy us in any way that they can. And by bringing us to divisions in our opinions of how they should be treated, they are achieving their goals by causing us, as a people, to turn against each other. We as a people are not a united front against these outrageous acts committed against us as we should be, but rather we are fractionalized in our thoughts as to what we should be doing rather than focusing on the clear and present danger that our freedom, our way of life, is being threatened both from without, and from within. Israel
My thinking is this: if these people are so willing and ready to die for their cause, then let’s help as many of them as we can to meet Allah as quickly as we can. We’re fighting combat operations on their terms, and engaging the enemy on their home ground fighting them the way they choose for us to fight them. It’s time we stop fighting a guerilla war and establish clear battle lines and fronts, sweeping through and eliminating these terrorists, pushing them into a position where we can take them out once and for all, rather than leaving them open gaps to slip through and continue to cause us problems now and in the future. Where is the Eisenhower of our time? Where are our generations Patton, Bradley, and McArthur? Personally, I’m not calling for the resignation of anyone at this point, but there clearly needs to be a reevaluation of how we are conducting our operations to make them more effective and productive in completely and utterly eliminating the threat posed to the world by the Al Qaeda and other organizations like them, sending a clear warning to any other groups out there who might think of taking their place, “don’t fuck with the USA.”
In my opinion, well said.