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Intro: "What might Romney or Gingrich - or Obama - do with the power of indefinite detention?"

Mitt Romney said he would sign the National Defense Authorization Act, including its provisions for indefinite detention. (photo: Muslim Public Affairs Council)
Mitt Romney said he would sign the National Defense Authorization Act, including its provisions for indefinite detention. (photo: Muslim Public Affairs Council)

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+2 # ericlipps 2012-01-19 08:49
Andrew Jackson had a pretty clear-cut idea about America’s enemies: Kill them.
Of course, a lot depends on just how you decide who qualifies as one of "America's enemies." Andrew Jackson got to be president in large part because he defined Native Americans that way and slaughtered them enthusiasticall y. Suppose someone like Gingrich took power and decided to define, say, critics of indefinite detention as "America's enemies"?

We've already come to accept as "normal" practices which would have been denounced as antidemocratic even fifteen years ago. Where do we draw the line?
+2 # 2012-01-19 10:24
This bill presents the most serious infringement on the constitutionall y-guaranteed rights of Americans to a just and speedy trial that has ever been contemplated.

Obama and most of the Republicans are embracing the concept of indefinite detention for political purposes. The only major presidential candidate to object to this legislation is Ron Paul and he is routinely hooted at, denigrated, and written off as the "crazy uncle".

Give me the "crazy uncle" any day of the week.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
+3 # qasee 2012-01-19 13:01
Always remember - Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
0 # Obwon 2012-02-18 09:13
So, now we're to believe that we have a "rule of law", without actually having a "rule of law"?

Ask these fools: "Why do we need courts and trials? Please explain!"

They seem to think that the accused is always guilty. Thus all those rules of law are merely the work of subversives? Is this China? Does the U.S.S.C. agree that they have no place in the decision making processes? That our court system is merely a way of coddling criminals? Wow! I think there's too much CO2 in the air, our brains are being starved of oxygen.

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