The US government captured Abu Khattala, a suspect in the Benghazi attacks, and has brought him to the US. He has been charged as a criminal and will be tried in the regular US justice system. But it was not long before politicians started clamoring that he should be sent to Guantanamo and face a military tribunal. And in a survey conducted by Fox News (interpret that as you will), 63% said that he should be treated as an “enemy combatant who should be tried in a military tribunal” while only 29% said that he should go through the regular courts system.
Why? Do they have so little faith in the US justice system to determine guilt and innocence? What does a military tribunal have that normal courts do not, other than vastly reduced credibility as a dispenser of justice? The passion for Guantanamo cannot be due to security since the US has some of the most secure prisons in the world and they routinely try and convict very dangerous people such as serial killers and gang members and then incarcerate them for long periods.
I suspect that when people say they want someone to be sent to Guantanamo, what they want is for them to be tortured. Guantanamo has become code for torture and when people say they want someone to be sent there, what they are saying is that they are not interested in guilt or innocence, they want to lash out anyone they perceive as an enemy. Sending him to Guantanamo also means that he can be detained indefinitely even on the remote chance that the military tribunal finds them not guilty
We no longer seek justice. We seem to want revenge and to satiate our bloodlust. I used to wonder how ordinary people in the times of the Inquisition could accept the idea of people being tortured because they had different religious beliefs. I am no longer mystified.
It is a very disturbing situation.