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  • Monday, February 06, 2006

    No longer "enemy combatants", their lives ruined

    Common Dreams has the Amnesty International Press Release:

    The report contains testimonies from former detainees and their relatives revealing how once a person is picked up and labeled an 'enemy combatant' by the United States, his life becomes one of constant torment and stigma. This terror does not end when the man is released and sent back to his home country. Many former detainees, even when reunited with their families, continue to be harassed, arbitrarily arrested and ill-treated by their own government. "Absolutely outrageous," said Dr. William F. Schulz, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. "If someone is no longer considered an 'enemy combatant,' either he was erroneously detained in the first place or he has undergone a miraculous conversion. In either case, he will never be free from the stigma of being labeled a "terrorist." Moreover, the lives of the detainees' families frequently spiral down into financial and emotional devastation. The denial of due process we have witnessed at Guantanamo Bay violates fundamental human rights law, to say nothing of our highest values as a nation."
    Indeed, it is absolutely outrageous. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts

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