Conditions of the War on Terror may, at some points, necessitate
easing some of our formerly accustomed standards of due process. As
in the case of the four British citizens recently released from
Guantanamo after being held there for four years. They have now been
released by the British police, who are quite convinced that there's
nothing to try them for, and don't
even want them back for questions
. But, while at Guantanamo, they
were subjected to treatment so severe -- they all allege torture
-- that three at least made false
confessions of terrorist acts
Well hey, you can't be too sure. They were accused terrorists.
But this strict standard of justice isn't practical to apply
everywhere. In Iraq, for example, there are enough civilian victims
of unjustified force that we've set up an office to distribute blood
money to them, or their surviving relatives -- but we haven't
investigated many incidents at all far enough to give the thugs
disgracing the uniform of our good troops a proper court martial.
There just isn't time to do every nice thing in the world...
(British police link via Atrios).