January 15, 2009
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Guantanamo is Simple

Guantanamo is Simple
Hiram Powers
The Greek Slave

Lots of people seem to believe that closing Guantanamo is a complicated proposition. It’s not. Here’s the answer:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable right.

If people have committed crimes, arrest them and try them. We have courts. If you cannot convict them, or if they merely want to commit crimes, or if they fantasize about the things they'd do if only they could do things, then you do not know that they have committed crimes and you have no business detaining them.

Pretending that some guy who says he wants to blow up America is therefore so dangerous that we cannot let him free is preposterous; this merely feeds the fantasies of our enemies that they are supermen, that a swaggering speech and a $25 pistol, wielded by a believer, will reduce hundreds of millions of Americans to frightened sheep.

What part of unalienable is hard to understand?

Simple answers to simple questions.