The White House lost the latest skirmish Monday, when federal Judge James Robertson halted the first trial before a military commission at Guantanamo, ruling that it violated both federal and international law. The ruling turned on the same two issues that keep coming back to bite the administration: How to determine who is a prisoner of war and how to handle evidence the administration wants kept secret.
Now my understanding of what happens to POWs is that they are held in POW camps until the war is over. As I recall, and I grant that my memory may be faulty, that is precisely what the Supreme Court said was not acceptable with these detainees – holding them indefinitely without trial. But I say fine, make them POWs. Forget the trials and hold them until every terrorist in the world is dead.