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  •  What is terrorism and why do so many people (0+ / 0-)

    want to turn this into terrorism?  What's that about?

    The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

    by helfenburg on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 12:20:07 PM PDT

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      The reason for the distinction has mostly to do with the sentence he receives.  It doesn't actually affect his rights in any way.

      This is the main point that Graham, McCain, Ayotte, and King fail to understand.  They think that if he's accused of terrorism, and particularly "islamist" terrorism, then that justifies the use of torture.  And they REALLY want to justify the use of torture.

      Also, if it's NOT terrorism, then he might actually get a fair trial, which has a (albeit astronomically) small probability of him being found innocent due to things called "facts"... and we can't allow for that.

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