Kinsley’s Friday column is tied for worst

Deacon, I’ve been looking at the legal issues related to our detention of the prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay. As I understand it, if we have properly classified the prisoners under the applicable criteria as “enemy combatants” rather than as “prisoners of war,” we are treating them within the bounds of international law. If they should rather be classified as “prisoners of war,” we may not be treating them as required. But the question whether we have properly classified the prisoners is not a close one. Under the applicable criteria, they are enemy combatants. Without going into the details, I don’t think it’s that complicated. Kinsley’s assertion that we are violating international law is scurrilous.


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