Friday, April 06, 2007

Detention Camp

= Concentration Camp

Over 500 articles make reference to the Wikipedia Internment article either directly or through redirects. A list of them is here.

But curiously enough Detention_center re-directs to Prison

According to Wikipedia's current definition, Guantanamo Bay detention camp qualifies as an detainment camp / concentration camp / internment / relocation camp. It holds political opponents, enemy aliens, specific ethnic or religious groups, civilians of a critical war-zone, or other groups of people, usually during a war. The inmates are selected according to some specific criteria, rather than individuals who are incarcerated after due process of law fairly applied by a judiciary. I.e. are imprisoned without habeas corpus rights, no right to see an attorney, no charges, no court trial, no jury... Thus Camp Delta, Camp Echo, Camp Iguana (for Children) and Camp X-ray are all concentration camps/internment camps/relocation centers/detention centers. Same difference.

Four words with one and the same exact meaning?? Same article to cover them all? Perhaps they all are used to reframe the same thing - an illegal prison for people that have not been accused of anything. I would have thought that the article would have represented several different viewpoints and not dressed-down torture camps, detention camps, and concentration camps to be mere internment centers .

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