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  •  This is a pretty generic problem (5+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, clammyc, Rogneid, MaikeH, derkar54

    Anyone who's watched TV knows that law enforcement is forever having to release people about whom there's some substantial chance that they did something bad, and/or will do something bad.  That's the way it goes in a society of laws.  If we're looking for a solution that respects basic human rights but reduced to zero the chance that a detainee will commit some terrorist act against the US, we're looking in vain--especially since most of these people would return to parts of the world where the ability of the US or the local government to monitor them is very limited.  

    My preferred approach is to try the ones against whom we have evidence (wholly untainted by torture, which means nothing from them and nothing from other detainees), and release the others.  If they hate us and want to kill us, that's the way it goes: they'd only be a negligible percentage of the overall population that hates us and wants to kill us (which is itself not very large, let's face it), and in the end it's up to us to protect ourselves rather than up to crazed nihilists to straighten up and fly right.  

    -5.38/-3.74 We're currently in a sig interregnum. A siggie vacante, as it were.

    by Rich in PA on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 09:36:57 AM PST

    •  Most americans dont realize who to be afraid of (0+ / 0-)

      My parents are originally from china and over there your neighbors can literally disappear in the middle of the night and you will never see them again.

      They are much more afraid of the US govt than any other group. But this is also why they want a smaller government because any part of the government can become dangerous if you give it too much power

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