Gitmo: The New Rules of War

Pierre-Richard Prosper said: “We’re applying the Geneva Conventions, but he by his conduct has not earned the benefits or privileges of being labelled a prisoner of war.”

That is some evil sounding rhetoric.

It’s my understanding that, according to Geneva Conventions, either someone is or is not a prisoner of war. A person doesn’t have to earn the benefits and privileges of being a prisoner of war. If you are being detained by a government because of allegations of involvment in fighting against that government, then you are by definition a prisoner of war.

Basically, Prosper is saying that the US government doesn’t care about international law and will apply it at whim without any explanation. Prosper doesn’t even explain the US policy about how someone earns the right to be treated like a human.

Prosper in this next video argues that we’re in an unconventional war that is against a private organization rather than a state. If that is the case, why did we invade and occupy two countries? And this is further confusing since the US government and other governments are increasingly relying upon private organiztions as mercenaries. Are we getting to the point where governments are stepping away from taking any responsibility of the wars they start and the killing they cause? In the future, governments will pull the strings behind the scenes while private organizations fight other private organizations. Meanwhile, innocent citizens will be caught in the middle.

Anarcho-capitalists argue only governments can fight wars and not private organizations, but I fear they are sadly wrong. If there is another world war (not of the cold war variety), it quite likely could be between private organizations that have no loyalty to any specific nation and so would have no responsibility to any specific citizenry. The private organizations who fight the wars could be the same that own the media. Just imagine if Blackwater became an large international mercenary force and imagine that it was owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Incompetence, graft in Brewer’s AZ private prisons, links to Abu Ghraib

I’ve many times complained about the sorry state of journalism. What often goes for journalism these days is whatever Fox News does with its fake scandals: Take highly edited videos and keep playing them until the rest of the media jumps on the bandwagon.

I’m glad to be proved wrong in my suspicion that real investigative journalism died long ago. Along with Wikileaks, the Rachel Maddow show puts out reporting that actually informs the public. It’s quite amazing because the following story is about Arizona which has been in the news more than almost anything else and yet no one else in the media had connected the dots.

(As a note, I think it’s important to point out that Rachel Maddow, like Wikileaks, is part of the New Media. Even though she is now on MSNBC, she began her career on Air America. It’s similar to MSNBC having hired Cenk Uygur who is one of the big names in New Media. It seems MSNBC is trying to bring New Media into the mainstream.)