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Declare the Terrorists Outlaws

Friday, 29 September 2006 12:00 AM

Known terrorist leaders are now calling publicly for the kidnapping and murder of law-abiding citizens.

It is now time for us to get serious and protect our people by taking terrorism to the terrorist.

Terrorists use unconventional means of warfare (not wearing uniforms; hiding amongst an innocent public; using mass, indiscriminate murder tactics and abusing prisoners). History proves that conventional methods of law enforcement, justice and warfare are seldom effective in combating terrorism.

We must turn to unconventional means of warfare, interrogation and justice.

We have Special Forces, specialized in unconventional warfare. Congress has now authorized the use of certain unconventional methods for the interrogation of suspected terrorists and thereby taken the vital step of making their methods legal.

The Geneva Convention was drawn up by civilized nations to make some attempt to extend the chivalry of old into modern warfare, particularly in the treatment of Prisoners of War.

But the Geneva Convention was never designed with international terrorism in mind.

Terrorists operate outside the rule of civilized law. Why should they benefit by its protection?

Known terrorists should be declared outlaws and thus be forced to live outside the protections of our laws!

The concept of Outlaw has been recognized in law since our civilization began.

In Anglo-Saxon England, the term outlaw defined a person who had defied the laws of the realm by, for instance, failing to attend court, when summoned, or by failing to pay the ‘weregeld' or blood money to an aggrieved family of a murder victim.

Being declared an outlaw was a ‘civil death' sentence. The killing of an outlaw resulted in no charge of murder. To assist an outlaw with food or shelter made the donor and ‘accomplice'. (Having defied society, that society had no more obligations to the outlaw: no civil rights or rights to sue.)

In England this law survived until 1879. Unfortunately, the term outlaw then became romanticized by media portrayal of such men as Billy the Kid and Jesse James, who became folk heroes.

In 1945, the British Lord Chancellor, Lord Simon, tried to resurrect the concept of ‘outlaw' to allow for the summary executions of the Nazi war criminals. Winston Churchill supported him. However, the Americans and Russians insisted upon the Nuremberg trials.

Now that terrorists are abusing our societies, we feel it is time to resurrect the concept of outlawing known terrorists, many of whom use self-proclamation as an essential part of leading their ideological struggle against us.

When President Bush dismounts at the end of the campaign trail, we believe he should hold a ‘pow-wow' with our main allies ‘of the willing' and with Congress. He should propose the re-introduction of our own age-old concept of branding known terrorist as legal outlaws.

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