I'm sure many of you have heard of John Walker (no, not Johnnie Walker the whiskey baron). Walker is the 20-year-old American who decided to follow his Muslim religious calling all the way over to Afghanistan and wound up fighting for the Taliban and Al Q'aida in their Jihad against the whole of humanity (nice odds, eh?). He was captured and listed as a POW before we even realized that, under all his scruff, he is actually an American. The question now is what do we do with him? Do we bring him back to America and put him in a military prison camp like Leavenworth? Do we try him as a traitor a la Benedict Arnold? America can't decide. According to the rules of war (I'm guessing the Geneva Convention), there must be two witnesses to his act of sedition in order to try him as a traitor. Of course, we are not going to find those witnesses among the Taliban and nobody from our side actually saw him fight - we only discovered him after he was captured. What to do?
Here's my $.02. Bush changed some rules already. We now have military tribunals for citizens that are charged with terrorism. This rule was changed to expedite trials, eliminate appeals, allow the military to present evidence that they don't want getting out to the public (the media are not allowed inside military tribunals) and make for quicker executions. So, what I say we do is change the rules here. Walker has professed his dedication to the Taliban way of life (which has virtually assured that he will not get any sex from women back here in the States or anywhere in the free world). He admitted to fighting for the Taliban and training with Al Q'aida. In my book, this makes him a traitor and a terrorist. We solve our dilemma by revoking his U.S. citizenship. Therefore, he is no longer a traitor, per se, because he's not a U.S. citizen. Now we can just try him as you would anyone else via the War Crimes Court in Brussels. Hey, to all you out there crying over him, remember one thing... he chose his own way of life, nobody forced him into it. T.S. is all I got to say about that one.