Obama Backs Bush On Afghan Detainees
21-Feb-2009 (2 comments)

The Obama administration, siding with the Bush White House, contended Friday that detainees in Afghanistan have no constitutional rights.  "They've now embraced the Bush policy that you can create prisons outside the law," said Jonathan Hafetz, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union who has represented several detainees. The Justice Department argues that Bagram is different from Guantanamo Bay because it is in an overseas war zone and the prisoners there are being held as part of a military action.



David ET

Obama: Goodbye Human Rights

by David ET on

Obama can not claim caring for human and detainee rights in one place but not in another! Humans are same everywhere and must have same rights. What about those who are innocent and are held captive? This has happend many times. This is the same old shameful policy.


Ali P.

Humans are same everywhere and must have same rights

by Ali P. on

Maybe it should read:

"Humans should be the same everywhere and should have same rights."

But until the day we have a universal government, no country extends the same right they give their own citizens, to foreigners.

 This is really not that shocking. All it says, is that an Afghan detainee does not have the same rights, and is not covered by the same Constitutional protections,the US citizens enjoy, such as challenging his detention in court. The argument justifies requiring a visa from the citizens of certain countries to enter the US, while the US citizens come and go as they please.

 Shocking- maybe in a good way- and absolutely unprecedented, would be if they were given the same rights.


Ali P.