We should be concerned about the al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners at the Guantanamo Naval Base. Almost 600 prisoners are held there because of their alleged status as illegal combatants in Afghanistan. Significantly, their Cuban location puts them beyond the jurisdiction of U.S. courts and out of reach of defense lawyers and habeas corpus petitions. The Guantanamo prisoners have not been declared to be prisoners of war (POWs); instead, they are called "detainees."
Enemy Combatants Should Worry Us
By Gary D. Solis