Saturday, December 06, 2008

"I'm not looking at whether they are guilty or innocent," said Air Force Maj. Jeff Ghiglieri, the president of the review board that convened in May. "We're trying to determine as best we can whether they will do bad things if we release them." Minutes later, the panel unanimously voted to detain Farkhan for another six months.

This proceeding is what has amounted to due process for many of the 100,000 prisoners who have passed through the American-run detention system in Iraq. Although the legal controversy over detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has attracted far more attention, 100 times as many prisoners have been held at Camp Bucca and other Iraqi sites with far fewer legal rights and no oversight by the American court system. The Iraqis are not charged with crimes, permitted to see the evidence against them or provided lawyers.


Let's see whether Mr. Air Force Major's logic will be applied to the Blackwater scum who opened fire on fleeing Iraqi civilians and are being charged with "manslaughter". I would like to see a "review board" of Iraqis giving random sentences to Blackwater guards. I mean, who cares whether they are guilty or innocent.