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  •  They are not quite civilians or military (2+ / 0-)
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    Gator Keyfitz, Satya1

    The Bush administration decided that meant they could treat terrorists however they wanted.  I don't think that treating them foreign terrorists like civilians works.  I don't think that treating domestic terrorists like enemy soldiers works.

    I think treating terrorists on domestic soil under existing civilian criminal law and treating terrorists on foreign soil (even if they are US citizens) more like enemy soldiers is a pragmatic approach to terrorism until legislation is passed coming up with a better framework.

    •  I agree with your dichotomy (2+ / 0-)
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      Satya1, Ray Blake

      If someone is out of reach of our laws but their previously unknown zombie acolytes keep showing up in our airports and subways and anywhere they can cause the greatest loss of life, then I think we have to weigh a maximalist interpretation of the suspect's rights against our own self-defense.  It's not pretty, I'll grant that.  Unfortunately Bush really screwed the pooch, and many are justifiably anxious about making that calculation.

      No one likes armed missionaries. -- Robespierre.

      by Gator Keyfitz on Wed May 22, 2013 at 04:34:21 PM PDT

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    •  What they are is nothing novel. They're (4+ / 0-)


      That means they get trials, unless there's a battle going on.

      "The thing about smart motherfuckers is that they sound like crazy motherfuckers to dumb motherfuckers." Robert Kirkman

      by JesseCW on Wed May 22, 2013 at 05:26:11 PM PDT

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