As TalkLeft noted here, the Bush administration is encouraging a sudden rush of trials at Guantanamo to put on a nice show for voters before the November elections. Some of those trials may seek the death penalty, much to the dismay of the international community.The article says the UN believes any death sentences rendered from the trials are "just not acceptable".
Forget for a moment that the administration never wanted trials to begin with, that it was the international left who demanded and gained such instruments through the U.S. courts. And forget for a moment that John McCain has been outspoken about closing GTMO, making it hard to see how this is about politics (unless reminding Americans that Islamic jihadists still hate us is just politics). And forget for a moment the left has been playing politics with the GWoT since 2002 and even had admitted it, well, sorta .
The question is whether the removal of the death penalty amounts to torture.
After all, KSM is a devoted jihadist. His religion says dying for the cause will get him some perks from the big A, so naturally he wants to be martyred (killed dead) rather than locked up via a corrupt secular court system. To purposely deny him of that privilege sounds cruel and unusual.
ANOTHER RULING 6/12/08
The SCOTUS handed down what the media are calling another defeat for Bush (does that mean its a victory for the terrorists?) that basically seems to put America on a path to 'taking her chances' against future attacks and attackers. Hopefully everyone understands that. Perhaps we can now do away with those fanciful notions of the duties of a Commander-in-Chief.
If the Congress refuses to tighten detainment through law (and they don't even want the telcoms to have limited immunity) then it seems logical to think this could affect commander decisions on the ground as to whether a terrorist in the sights should be captured or introduced to Mr. Hellfire. Having limited practical knowledge it almost seems safer for the commander to just pull the trigger, after all, nobody cried over Mohammed Atef's lost rights or those of Zarqawi. Hampers the dots-connecting thing, though, but remember, we're taking our chances now anyway.
Not very good times for Bush. On the 20th his former press secretary will be joining the fray to tell the most partisan bunch of rats alive about how terrible it was to be around a guy who succumbed to fighting back against those VERY SAME PARTISAN RATS, which led to his subsequent back-stabbing book tour. Bush lovers are perhaps reduced to hoping McClellan is actually an agent under very deep cover with the goal of dropping some kind of unsuspecting bomb during his testimony. That's about all there is left.