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The ACLU Defends Youthful Terrorists

May 19, 2008

True to form the ACLU (once again) show which side their sympathies lie. You can bet your bottom dollar it is not the side of America.

Cross posted from Stop The ACLU
ACLU Defends Youthful Terrorists

Sorry I’m a few days late on this news.

The United States has detained approximately 2,500 people younger than 18 as illegal enemy combatants in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay since 2002, according to a report filed by the Bush administration with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Although 2,400 of the juveniles were captured in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, only 500 are still held in detention facilities in that country. The administration’s report, which was made public yesterday by the American Civil Liberties Union, says that most of the detained Iraqi youths were “engaging in anti-coalition activity.”

As of last month, 10 juveniles were still being held in Bagram, Afghanistan, out of 90 that had been captured in that country since 2002, according to the report.

Eight juveniles were brought to Guantanamo Bay since 2002, having been captured at ages ranging from 13 to 17. Although there are no juveniles at the prison in Cuba now, two people being held — 21-year-old Omar Khadr and 23-year-old Mohammed Jawad — were under 18 when they arrived. Both are facing trial by a military commission on charges of attempted murder.

Three of the other six juveniles once held at Guantanamo were sent back to Afghanistan in 2004, where they were put into a UNICEF rehabilitation program for child soldiers, according to the report. The last three juveniles were transferred back to their home countries.

The ACLU decried what is described as a “lack of safeguards” for youths captured by the U.S. military and “no comprehensive policy in place” for dealing with juveniles.

“Juveniles and former child soldiers should be treated first and foremost as candidates for rehabilitation and reintegration into society, not subjected to further victimization,” Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU’s human rights program, said in a statement.

Hat tip to Stephen Frank who sums it up nicely:

When will the IRS take away the tax exempt status of the vicious organization that wants criminals on the streets and bombers killing American soldiers and innocent civilians. This is a propaganda group for criminals.

We’ve come to expect such insanity from the ACLU who have proven to be more concerned with imaginary “rights” of terrorists than the the lives lost from their evil actions.

Rehabilitation? You’ve got to be kidding me!

Where is the ACLU’s outrage that minors are used as terror tools to begin with? I don’t suppose they have considered the root of the problem. Heh. I’d like to hear their perceived rehabilitation concept. Or do they have one? What a half way house for youthful terrorists? Complete with macramé and macaroni art? Sure that is a nifty idea. Not. War is hell and if the face of evil fling minors into battle that is the risk they all take.

Let’s take a moment to probe Jamil Dakwa, director of the ACLU’s human rights program.
The ACLU’s version:

Jamil Dakwar is the Director of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program. He has more than 10 years of human rights litigation and advocacy experience in the U.S. and abroad. He is leading the ACLU human rights advocacy before the U.N. Human Rights Council and treaty bodies which regularly examine U.S. compliance with ratified human rights treaties. He is one of a team of ACLU lawyers litigating Ali v. Rumsfeld, a suit challenging U.S. interrogation and detention practices in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dakwar is also the co-chair of the American Constitution Society’s Working Group on International Law and the Constitution, which focuses on the relationship between international law and the Constitution, and the implications of this relationship for human rights.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Dakwar worked at Human Rights Watch, where he conducted research and published reports on issues of torture and detention in Egypt, Morocco and Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories. Before coming to the United States, Dakwar was a senior attorney with Adalah, one of the most prominent human rights groups in Israel focusing on Arab Palestinian citizens. At Adalah, Dakwar filed and argued dozens of human rights cases before the Israeli Supreme Court, and advocated before international bodies.

Discover The Networks version:

Note: There is not an individual profile page for Jamil Dakwa at Discover The Networks. So I give you a taste of what they have on ‘Adalah’ who according to the ACLU “is one of the most prominent human rights groups in Israel focusing on Arab Palestinian citizens” It will have to suffice.

  • Anti-Israel NGO
  • Seeks to delegitimize Israel through legal arguments
  • Impugns Israel’s “targeted killings” and “property and home demolitions in the Occupied Territories,” but does not point out that these activities are targeted entirely against terrorist threats

An Arab-run NGO based in Israel, Adalah (whose name means “Justice” in Arabic) defines itself as an “independent human rights organization” and a “non-partisan legal center that exists to protect human rights in general, and the rights of the Arab minority (in Israel) in particular.”

Heavily supported by the New Israel Fund, Adalah consistently charges Israel with “war crimes,” “illegal occupation” of Palestinian lands, and “crimes against humanity.” By contrast, the organization barely touches on the issue of Palestinian terrorism. In an August 2003 report, for example, Adalah called for Israel to “stop the practices of ‘targeted killings,'” and to discontinue its “property and home demolitions in the Occupied Territories.” In no instance did Adalah point out that these activities were aimed against terrorist threats.[…]

[…]Adalah was also prominent in drafting many of the anti-Israel accusations (calling Israel a nation plagued by “apartheid” and “institutional racism“) made in the NGO Declaration that was issued in parallel to the September 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban.

Jamil Dakwar fits the ACLU’s terrorist sympathizing agenda like a glove wouldn’t you say? Who better to argue the case of terrorists.

Related:
ACLU Calls for Independent Counsel to Investigate Bush

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  1. May 20, 2008 12:35 pm

    The American Criminal Liberties Union – what else would you expect from those guys?

  2. May 20, 2008 1:03 pm

    Nothing else sadly enough.
    I think they should go camp out with al quaeda for a while and observe how their compatriots are up close and personal. Maybe then they would feel differently. 😛 If they survived that is.

    I like to refer to them as the “Anti-American Communist Litigators Union”.

    😆

  3. May 20, 2008 11:28 pm

    Actually, it’s the All Criminal Liberation Unit.

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  4. May 21, 2008 9:49 pm

    Velvet:

    Oh come now… the ACLU representing the “kids” in Iraq is collaboration with terrorists?

    As someone who has had his name personally linked to our detention policies of “youths” (as it says on Wikipedia)… I feel somewhat compelled to say something here…

    First – while there is much malignment of the US for holding these “youngsters” – no thought ever seems to be given to the fact that it is the enemy who indeed puts them in harms way. The United States does not employ child soldiers – period. However, being a “child” does not provide you combatant immunity if you decide to engage in hostilities. It is a terrible thing for our soldiers to have to fight children – but they will fight, and detain, children on the battlefield if those children engage in combat.

    Two – I have met Jamil Dakwar. I don’t know him really well – but I have met him – and like many in the Human Rights Community – he’s doing what he believes is right. I think you have to appreciate that Velvet.

    Although I disagree with his agenda, I think it’s grossly unfair to say guy is some collaborator with “the terrorists” in my opinion. Velvet – you are of course entitled to your opinions – this is your blog. However, I think it is important not to just demonize people because the decided to take up the cause of those we detain, or to challenge (lawfully) how the Administration carries out its policies. Our republic has survived 231 years with our legal system intact – and it shall survive this as well.

    If the government’s policies and positions are correct (and I believe they are in Iraq – I think the legal case is not as good elsewhere – but in Iraq, the detention regime is quite robust, 100% Geneva, and completely appropriate) they will undoubtedly survive scrutiny by the Courts. So the ACLU is just wasting their time (in my view) because they’ll ultimately lose this issue in Court.

    While it is no doubt a chilling thought to think that Federal Courts will apply on the battlefield – with lawyers fighting for the “rights” of combatants and internees detained, such is the reality (unfortunately) of the actions this Administration undertook in the GWOT. The lawsuits are the natural outgrowth of the decisions Justice and the OVP made in 2001, and those actions have invited Judicial scrutiny of not just GWOT detention by the US – but all detention. That is unfortunate – but it is reality.

    The ACLU believes that the detention of the juveniles is unjust… I think they’ll find they don’t have a good legal ground to stand on that. But they’re not “collaborators” merely because they want to challenge US policy in Court. If nothing else – litigation helps to clarify nation policy where it is ambiguous. I don’t think the authorities for Iraq are ambiguous so I expect the ACLU to lose.

    Third – juveniles under US control are treated exceptionally well, and I’d challenge any UN observer or any organization, to show me someone who does it better than we do. The US government goes to great lengths to protect, rehabilitate, and educate juvenile detainees. My experience in terms of this issue was with the juveniles at GTMO. They were treated quite well – they were not under the same regime as the rest of the camp – they were given educational classes and had significant liberty in comparison to the rest of the population. In the end – we must recognize that “detention is detention” – it’s not fun – but, again, I challenge the ACLU or anyone else for that matter – to point to a country who does it better.

    Well – I think that’s all… I’m sure I have more… but this is your blog… not mine. 🙂

    Bryan

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