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Old 03-12-2013, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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We are at war with al Qaeda, and we are going to try this man in civil court? WHY??

It does not make any sense, we did not try Nazi generals in civilian court, hell, we even tried Nazi spies in a military tribunal.

The Obama administrationís decision to try Osama bin Ladenís son-in-law in federal court in New York City instead of a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay has reignited a debate over how to deal with suspected terrorists.

It also recalls one of the largest failures of President Obamaís presidency: His unfulfilled promise as a candidate in 2008 to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

As Osama bin Ladenís son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, pleaded not guilty to conspiring to kill Americans in New York Federal Court today, Republicans in Congress were criticizing the Obama administration for prosecuting a suspected al Qaeda terrorist in a civilian court just about a mile from the 9/11 memorial built over Ground Zero.

ďAbu Ghaith has sworn to kill Americans and he likely possesses information that could prevent harm to America and its allies,Ē Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wrote in a statement. ďHe is an enemy combatant and should be held in military custody.Ē

Republicans Decry Obama’s Decision to Try Al Qaeda Suspect in Civilian Court - ABC News
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:02 PM
 
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I really don't care where we try him. If the government believed there was sensitive information, try him in a military trial. If not, it really doesn't matter. We tried Ramzi Yousef in NY and that turned out pretty well.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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We are at war with al Qaeda, and we are going to try this man in civil court? WHY??
Why not?

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Old 04-27-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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Why not?

How is he any different than those being held in Guantano Bay?
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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How is he any different than those being held in Guantano Bay?
Don't know, don't care.

My question still stands.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:24 PM
 
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Don't know, don't care.

My question still stands.
Well I dont view terrorists any different than any other terrorists. They are what they are and should all be treated the same.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Well I dont view terrorists any different than any other terrorists. They are what they are and should all be treated the same.
I agree.

My question still stands.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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I agree.

My question still stands.
Never indicated it didnt, I was hoping someone could tell us the difference
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:19 PM
 
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why does he need to be tried in military court? He's not a soldier in the military in Afghanistan or the US. He's a civilian tied to a Terrorist organization.

Let him be tried in our normal courts.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Never indicated it didnt, I was hoping someone could tell us the difference
The difference is primarily the administration in place at the time of capture. One prefers the operation of our traditional justice system, and the other preferred essentially no justice system whatsoever. The circumstances we are stuck with are accidents of contingent history.
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