Cuba Is Lovely This Time Of Year For Summary Executions
Rich Lowry takes another look at the Camp X-Ray detainees:
In fact, they are unlawful combatants. Whether they are al Qaeda or Taliban, they belong to organizations that don’t respect the laws of war, and flunk the other tests for a legitimate army (wearing uniforms, having a discernable chain of command, etc.).
This means their rights under international law are minimal. They have a right, essentially, to humane treatment and a trial with a modicum of due process before they go to see the firing squad.
As former Reagan and Bush official David Rivkin points out, this means the tribunals could have been all secret, had no appellate process, and had the same standard for guilt as a civil trial (a preponderance of evidence)