June 30, 2004

WHY "WE NEED MORE SOLDIERS IN IRAQ!":

Soldiers 'get the bad boys' in raids (Washington Times, 6/30/2004)

Under the cover of darkness, soldiers from Alpha Company, 91st Engineer Battalion, creep up a narrow alley to their target, ready to scale the front wall of a small home and seize the men who tried to attack their platoon.

First, they knock. When the gate swings open, they ask for the men in question and detain four of them. A field test reveals that the men have traces of explosives on their hands.

"This is how it's supposed to go," says 1st Lt. Nicolas Bradley, 27, of Salt Lake City, who led the pre-dawn raid. "This is the best part of our job, going to get the bad boys."


The worst parts of their job: reading the bad boys their Miranda rights; filing reports detailing the evidence against each detainee; giving depositions to the detainees’ lawyers; and flying stateside for the habeas corpus hearings.

Posted by Paul Jaminet at June 30, 2004 7:08 PM
Comments

Bitter, bitter, bittter. Just like me.

Posted by: Uncle Bill at July 1, 2004 9:02 AM

Forget about flying stateside: make the ACLU open an office in Fallujah, and set up a circuit court in the town square. And if the Supremes want to rule on it, request their presence in the jurisdiction.

Actually, the practical consequence of these rulings is that the US will now hold all prisoners in the WoT in places like Qatar or India or somewhere friendly where we are not "sovereign". And would the Court wade into an argument over the exact definition of sovereignty? I'm sure some Kosovar Serb would love to sue the UN or NATO on that issue.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 1, 2004 10:31 AM

>The worst parts of their job: reading the bad
>boys their Miranda rights; filing reports
>detailing the evidence against each detainee;
>giving depositions to the detainees lawyers;
>and flying stateside for the habeas corpus
>hearings.

Simple workaround. No prisoners, no survivors, no living witnesses. Shoot, shovel, and shut up.

Do you not hear El Deguello?

Posted by: Ken at July 1, 2004 12:34 PM

Jim - No, I recommend going the other way. Take as many prisoners as possible and bring 'em all to the U.S. 100,000 new federal cases will help bring rationality to the judiciary. Then, when they rule for the prisoner, move the prisoner abroad and make them litigate again before a military tribunal.

Posted by: pj at July 1, 2004 2:34 PM

PJ - I would support that if the DoD built the holding pen in Brookline or Chappaqua. Or even Central Park.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 1, 2004 3:09 PM
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