Originally Posted by Spencer Collins
When a decision to place these NUC captives on trial has already been made,we begin traveling down the yellow brick road to absurdity and we embolden the enemy who has no sense of fairness.
Here we have concurrence. And this is also a beautiful encapsulation of the idea that we refuse to fight with alacrity.
Here's something for another thread sometime. I find "torture" to be quite acceptable (the definition of what is and what isn't torture is far too fluid,) if it is used to extract information that will save the lives of our people who are in immediate danger.
This is the old "ticking time bomb" scenario. I do not find it at all acceptable to merely garner convictions. I think that most reasonable people could accept this ethos.
As you pointed out, it is an absurd practice to be trying combatants in a civilian court at all.