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Morning Bell: The Laws of War and Non-State Actors
Posted By Conn Carroll On February 12, 2008 @ 9:25 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
The Pentagon’s decision to charge six Guantanamo Bay detainees with murder and war crimes for the 9/11 attacks is definitely unprecedented , but no less so then the situation the United States faced after repeated attack by al-Qaeda. Never before had the U.S. faced prolonged and coordinated conflict with a non-state actor. Since the existing legal framework for the laws of war, the Geneva Conventions, only applied to state actors, any action the U.S. took in regards to treatment of al-Qaeda prisoners would have set new precedent.
To help guide those interested in the facts and legal history of detainee treatment, The Heritage Foundation has created an in depth resource guide called “Detention of the Enemy During Wartime .” Topics addressed with their own independent chapters include: a history on the law of war  stretching from before the Geneva Conventions to the present day; a comprehensive list of al-Qaeda declarations of war  against the U.S.; a review of international responses  to 9/11; a detailed examination of the statutes and legal decisions  that comprise the legal basis for U.S. detention policies; a side-by-side comparison  of the rights and protections afforded detainees by the Military Commissions Act, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and war crime tribunals like the International Criminal Tribunal of Yugoslavia; and a photo tour  of Guantanamo Bay.
Verdicts for the six cases filed Monday are not likely to come before President Bush leaves office . There will also be many detainees held both at Guantanamo and other facilities throughout the world in 2009 and in years to come. Our country will only benefit from an informed debate on these issues.
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URLs in this post:
 unprecedented: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gAOVFloe9OBom5n5s2Q71upc2EoQD8UOBGFG1
 Detention of the Enemy During Wartime: http://www.heritage.org/research/nationalsecurity/enemydetention/
 a history on the law of war: http://www.heritage.org/research/nationalsecurity/enemydetention/ArmedConflict.cfm
 list of al-Qaeda declarations of war: http://www.heritage.org/research/nationalsecurity/enemydetention/AlQaedaDeclarations.cfm
 international responses: http://www.heritage.org/research/nationalsecurity/enemydetention/ResponseTo9-11.cfm
 examination of the statutes and legal decisions: http://www.heritage.org/research/nationalsecurity/enemydetention/DetentionPolicy.cfm
 side-by-side comparison: http://www.heritage.org/research/nationalsecurity/enemydetention/MilitaryCommissions.cfm
 photo tour: http://www.heritage.org/research/nationalsecurity/enemydetention/PhotoTour.cfm
 not likely to come before President Bush leaves office: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hZXxZ9jWlnYZ5G_1_W_-FG8F2vHwD8UOLQ280
 surpassing the historic 19th-century peak: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/12/us/12immig.html?ref=us
 rapid growth in the nation’s older population is likely to put huge pressure on the cost of government safety-net programs: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-aging12feb12,1,5820291.story
 protests in front of Berkeley City Hall: http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-marines12feb12,0,5889483,print.story
 New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/12/us/12arizona.html?hp
 a pause in American troop reductions in Iraq: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/12/world/middleeast/12gates.html?ref=todayspaper
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