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But the whole point of the "illegal combatant" doctrine was to avoid classifying these people as POWs so the US could claim the Geneva Conventions didn't apply, or as criminal to avoid habeas corpus.

It's a little too late for any of these things.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 10:34:07 AM EST
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Yeah, well that and 'me tough bastard, no rules apply to me, and I get off on the idea of torturing people, makes me like those Jack Bauer guys'. Psychopathic bastards is more like it. But I was simply pointing out that there are perfectly legal ways of detaining Taliban members, our fucking assholes just prefer not to use them.
by MarekNYC on Fri Jun 13th, 2008 at 11:08:07 AM EST
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