Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on January 26, 2002

An article in today's Washington Post says that Secretary of State Colin Powell is urging the president to classify the captured Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners as "prisoners of war."

The al Qaeda and Taliban fighters that are being held in Afghanistan and Camp X-Ray are currently classified (accurately) as "unlawful combatants." They earned this classification for three reasons: They wear no identifying uniform; they hide in the civilian population; they deliberately target civilians. All of these things are prohibited under the Geneva Convention. But our "allies" in Europe and the far left of American politics.

To say that changing their classification is a bad idea is a gross understatement.

As prisoners of war, the prisoners are only required to reveal their name, rank, serial number and date of birth. As prisoners of war, they are repatriated after hostilities cease. These are dangerous to the security of Americans everywhere. We need to know what they know about future terrorist attacks, their fellow terrorists and we certainly can't let them go free.

The Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer lays out an excellent defense for the way we are treating the prisoners. You can read it here.


To be clear, it's still a 1A violation even as they supposedly intended it. But their rush to pass it made it encompass all sorts of stuff.

The judge should not take them at their word that they will "fix" it. The judge should issue the preliminary injunction we requested.

16-year-old Lola Fitzgerald has been racking up skeet shooting championships in and out of her home state. Now a new California law has shut her out of the sport and is threatening her Olympic hopes. https://thereload.com/the-california-gun-law-dashing-young-female-champions-olympic-dream/

In a just world, SB 918 and its New York counterpart would make the Supreme Court* say: "well, we tried to let you keep shall issue, but you morons just couldn't help yourselves, so now constitutional carry is the law of the land".

*Hopefully it doesn't need to go to SCOTUS.

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