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  •  I guess I wasn't clear enough (1+ / 0-)
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    What I was saying was that the "push-back" you propose on the "61" number inevitably implies that we doubt the whole premise. If we doubt there are 61, isn't that akin to suggesting we doubt there are more than a handful? That the whole thing is grossly exaggerated? Otherwise, we're only quibbling about a number...

    Yes, there should be as many trials as possible. But -- and you expressed some uncertainty here -- what to do with that category of those who can't be convicted, even though the gov't has no doubt they're dealing with committed enemies? If they were uniformed combatants, we would be able to hold them indefinitely as prisoners of war. Not criminals, but captured enemy soldiers. There's no obligation to free such people while hostilities are ongoing. Is that option still available? Of course, that raises the question of establishing these are real Al-Qaeda or Taliban soldiers.

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    by FischFry on Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 12:25:12 PM PST

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