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Saturday, May 20, 2006
A good working definition of evil

There's a debate going on in the Department of Defense. It's about whether suspected terrorists or other insurgents can be treated more severely than captured members of an enemy army.

Got that? If you're picked up as a POW actively fighting against the US military, you get all the benefits of the Geneva Conventions. If, however, you're turned in as an alleged "terrorist" or "insurgent" by somebody looking to pick up a bounty (or who just doesn't like you), you don't get benefit of counsel. You don't get due process. You probably don't even get informed of the exact charges against you. Oh, and you can be tortured.

This isn't un-American. It's inhuman. And yes, a good working definition of evil.

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