Treat Terrorists Like Enemy Combatants, Not Criminals

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Terrorists

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In 2009 the Justice Department announced that 9/11 plotter Khalid Shaikh Mohammed would be tried in New York City, setting off a firestorm of protests. Besides the cost and safety concerns, at issue are whether terrorists should be tried in criminal court or whether national security requires the use of military commissions. Likewise, issues like the closing of Guantanamo, the reading of Miranda rights, and enhanced interrogation all center on the same question: How should the U.S. treat captured alleged terrorists? In a war with no foreseeable end, whose actors are neither criminals nor soldiers; can we keep America safe and still bring terrorists to justice.

  • For the motion

    For

    Michael Hayden

    Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

  • For the motion

    For

    Marc Thiessen

    Chief Speechwriter to President George W. Bush

  • Against the Motion

    Against

    Stephen Jones

    Managing Partner of the Law Firm of Jones, Otjen, and Davis.

  • Against the motion

    Against

    David Frakt

    Professor at Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

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    John Donvan

    Author and correspondent for ABC News.

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Hayden

For The Motion

Michael Hayden

Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

previously served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the country’s first principal deputy director of National Intelligence, and as director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service.

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Marc Thiessen

For The Motion

Marc Thiessen

Chief Speechwriter to President George W. Bush

served as chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and before that as a senior aide to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms.

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Frankt

Against The Motion

David Frakt

rofessor at Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

is a professor at Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve JAG Corps.

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Jones

Against The Motion

Stephen Jones

Managing Partner of the Law Firm of Jones, Otjen, and Davis

is managing partner of the law firm of Jones, Otjen, and Davis. In May 1995, he was appointed by the U.S. District Court to serve as the principal defense counsel for Timothy McVeigh.

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Declared Winner: Against The Motion

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    • Comment Link zscores Monday, 31 March 2014 20:40 posted by zscores

      Team against the motion seems to discount American Citizenship heavily. American rights have been paid for in American blood and extend solely to Americans. Multi cultural-ism is a myth; if American greatness was determined by the greatness of our enemies - well we are fighting medieval and primitive mind who may deserve extinction.

    • Comment Link Julian Thursday, 26 July 2012 04:57 posted by Julian

      The boost in the presidents ranitgs will be short lived. He will continue to show his true colors as the campain season heats up and the American people showed in November they are tired of the Change this president has in mind. By the way I do not find it suprising that the Vice Chairman of the Pasco GOP would have a partisan viewpoint.Perhaps the death of Bin Laden will cause those that wish us harm to speed up a timetable to attack in an effort to avenge his death, lets hope this causes them to make mistakes that allow our agencys to foil their plans. Bin Ladens death lost some of the impact it might have had due to the time it took to find him.I am grateful to the men who undertook the mission. They deserve the thanks of all of us.

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