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View Poll Results :How do you feel that we treat prisoners?
Too Kindly? 10 62.50%
Too Cruelly? 0 0%
Just Right? 6 37.50%
Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

 
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POW's 'Prisoners of War or People overly Welcomed?'
 
September 15th, 2005  
Spartacus
 
 
POW's 'Prisoners of War or People overly Welcomed?'
Thanks all for the posts and discussion. It seems the majority thinks they are being treated too kindly. One third thinks its just right. Doesnt quite reflect the pressure placed on the military officials, does it?

So whats the middle ground? What are acceptable and successful techniques? Obviously, we dont want extremes, but what should we be doing differently?
September 15th, 2005  
ironhorseredleg
 
 
I know it might seem wierd, but I think we're letting to much information out about how we treat our prisoners. I believe there are things that the majority of the public simply don't want to know about. I wouldn't feel comfortable interrogating a prisoner, but then I wouldn't feel terribly comfortable about dropping 100 pound projo's on ground troops. That's one major reason I left the military when I did. At the same time, I understand the need for and have great respect for folks who can do those things and do them effectively.

Unfortunately, when folks apparently (obviously?? I dunno, I wasn't there) crossed the line in the detention camps in the Middle East, someone felt badly enough to do something about it and threatened enough not to do it through channels. I'd like to think that if that person had shown the photos to a commanding officer, that things could have been handled in house and just as effectively without parading those disgusting photos around the world.

I think ensuring that only trained interrogators have access to prisoners, and then trusting those interrogators with the responsibility to do their jobs is all that needs to be done. I say we let in 3rd party observers just like we'd like to have 3rd party observers in to see our soldiers being held. Again, it all goes back to letting our natural American generosity show through with non-combatants and in liberated areas, and then have politicians with the cahones to say, "Hey, they're doing what needs to be done to keep the world safe."

Yea, yea, perfect world and all. I know.
September 15th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
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Originally Posted by ironhorseredleg
Unfortunately, when folks apparently (obviously?? I dunno, I wasn't there) crossed the line in the detention camps in the Middle East, someone felt badly enough to do something about it and threatened enough not to do it through channels. I'd like to think that if that person had shown the photos to a commanding officer, that things could have been handled in house and just as effectively without parading those disgusting photos around the world.
Actually Specialist Joseph Darby did just that, he slipped the photos with an anonymous note under his CO's door. Hitting the newspapers came later when the investigation started.

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/PersonOfWe...=365920&page=1
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POW's 'Prisoners of War or People overly Welcomed?'
September 16th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
I'd just as soon have them held under the GC (NOT TO SAY I THINK THEY ARE POW'S. They are not.) My reasoning being this.

If some mamsy pamsy ACLU do gooder lawyer. Convinces some liberal mamsy pamsy Federal Circuit Judge on say the 9th Circus oops Circuit, that they are criminal prisoners. Well you can't even imagine the expansion of their rights.
September 16th, 2005  
Mighty Mouse
 
 
The ACLU or a wacko subversive senator.
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"Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management U.S. management," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.