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American Concentration Camps

Thanks to ian_wyrdness for his comment. I will repost it as I think it is very valid and want mroe people to see it:

From the American Heritage dictionary:

Concentration Camp n A camp where civilians, enemy aliens, political prisoners, and sometimes prisoners of war are detained and confined, typically under harsh conditions.


It's about time that the media started referring to Guantanamo as a concentration camp.

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heliograph
Jun. 11th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
Do you think "concentration camp" is more severe than "prison camp"? When the British invented the term during the Boer War they did it so that it wouldn't sound like they were putting women and children in prison.

When I saw your subject line I thought you'd be posting about the American internment (ie imprisonment) of American citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII.
anyeone
Jun. 15th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
See, much as I'm opposed to a lot of what goes on at Guantanamo and much as I am opposed to the present U.S. administration and their foreign policy (I am a card-carrying member of the "I despise Bush" club), I take exception to Guantanamo being called a word that was used for the death camps that killed millions of people (men, women, children, elders) just because of what their ethnicity and/or religion was.

I am in favor of reforming the prisons at Guantanamo to a) make sure that the people incarcerated are indeed terrorists and b) following the laws of due process and humane treatment, but to compare Guantanamo to a concentration camp is an insult to the people who were killed by the Nazis in WW2, whatever the dictionary definition states.
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