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    Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens

    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens indefinitely even if they have been acquitted of terrorism charges by a U.S. military commission.

    Jeh Johnson, the Defense Department's chief lawyer, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that releasing a detainee who has been tried and found not guilty was a policy decision that officials would make based on their estimate of whether the prisoner posed a future threat.

    Like the Bush administration, the Obama administration argues that the legal basis for indefinite detention of aliens it considers dangerous is separate from war-crimes prosecutions. Officials say that the laws of war allow indefinite detention to prevent aliens from committing warlike acts in future, while prosecution by military commission aims to punish them for war crimes committed in the past.
    Detainees, Even if Acquitted, Might Not Go Free - Political News - FOXNews.com

    So kiddies, was Bush the evil bastard the media portrayed him to be, or has Obama grown up just a bit and is facing the truth of the war on terror?
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    Re: Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens

    CHANGE!!!!!1!!!ONE!!!

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    Re: Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Detainees, Even if Acquitted, Might Not Go Free - Political News - FOXNews.com

    So kiddies, was Bush the evil bastard the media portrayed him to be, or has Obama grown up just a bit and is facing the truth of the war on terror?
    I think the point is that while it will seek trials for all those apprehended in combat situations, the government will not allow itself to be painted into a legal corner where it must release terrorists from custody. You disagree with that?

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    Re: Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by WillRockwell View Post
    I think the point is that the government will not allow itself to be painted into a legal corner where it must release terrorists from custody. You disagree with that?
    But, these are innocent people found not guilty by a court. You support a President that would deny basic human rights to innocent men and women and keep them imprisoned Will?
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    Re: Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    But, these are innocent people found not guilty by a court. You support a President that would deny basic human rights to innocent men and women and keep them imprisoned Will?
    Of course he will, cause he supports the democraptic party wholeheartedly.


    Stuff that Bush did, that now Obama is doing.. is okay.. cause Obama is doing it.. and he's black! We've progressed and we're making change!
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    Re: Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by WillRockwell View Post
    I think the point is that while it will seek trials for all those apprehended in combat situations, the government will not allow itself to be painted into a legal corner where it must release terrorists from custody. You disagree with that?




    I am sure this is the same opinion you held of Bush, and can link us to where you presented it.....
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    Re: Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens

    I think the point is that while it will seek trials for all those apprehended in combat situations, the government will not allow itself to be painted into a legal corner where it must release terrorists from custody. You disagree with that?
    I sure as hell do. In this country, not guilty means that the government has no right to lock you in prison. Being "painted into a legal corner" is pretty much the whole damn point of having civil liberties. Or would you prefer if the government decided that it didn't have to release you from jail after you were found not guilty? Why even have a trial if you can deliver sentence no matter what the outcome? Destroying the foundations of a legal system is more damaging to our country than any terrorist attack could hope to be.

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    Re: Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    I sure as hell do. In this country, not guilty means that the government has no right to lock you in prison. Being "painted into a legal corner" is pretty much the whole damn point of having civil liberties. Or would you prefer if the government decided that it didn't have to release you from jail after you were found not guilty? Why even have a trial if you can deliver sentence no matter what the outcome? Destroying the foundations of a legal system is more damaging to our country than any terrorist attack could hope to be.
    While the military and patriot acts are still around, that's exactly what this government can do to it's own citizens.. as long as they call you a terrorist.

    We won't ever see those repealed though.. way too much power for the government to let go of.
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    Re: Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens

    Isn't it interesting that before the election, the people at Gitmo were "detainees," but now they are "terrorists"?

    What a difference a day makes ...

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    Re: Obama administration said Tuesday it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens

    Ugh - if you don't listen to the courts, why give trials at all? Just be honest about it and imprison who you want to imprison

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