Why indefinite detention harms America (opinion)
June 8th, 2012
11:47 AM ET

Why indefinite detention harms America (opinion)

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) write in CNN's Opinion page why they oppose indefinite military detention.  Udall, who serves on the Senate's intelligence committee, and Smith, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services committee, are vocal opponents of the authority that was included in the defense authorization bill.

As Udall and Smith note, their opponents continue to strongly resist proposals to have civilian law enforcement take the lead in these terror cases:

Some, however, have argued that this approach to national security - one that involves law enforcement and not solely the military - is tantamount to ceding ground to al Qaeda. This argument, designed to paint members of Congress as "soft on terror," is wrong.

Udall and Smith argue that as far as terrorists are concerned, what happens to them once they are caught is not really an issue:

The question of civilian versus military authority is irrelevant to our enemies. It is, however, incredibly important to protecting Americans' constitutional rights and freedoms while still allowing us to effectively fight terrorism.

Read more about their argument against the clause here

Filed under: Gitmo • Living With Terror • Terrorism
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  5. just wondering

    Torture, holding people with out charges indefinitely, are we
    talking about America?

    June 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Unfortunately just wondering, I'm afraid that you're right. The detention and torture of political prisoners have now become the politically correct and popular thing to so, sadly enough!

      June 11, 2012 at 7:10 am | Reply
  6. Obelisk ©™

    The denuclearization of South Asia (Subcontinent) particularly India is imperative.
    Quid pro quo transfer of nuclear technology by USA to third world countries such as India needs to be opposed on moral grounds. Billions of people live in that neighborhood and would be at risk from such catastrophes which I am sure the American people would not like to be a party to. We are all well aware that that region is prone to floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and of course terrorism placing such nuclear installations at tremendous risks. US Congress is urged to reconsider and cancel all the agreements for the transfer of such technologies due “Force Majeure”.

    June 10, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
  7. Anthony

    We're finding that our moral high ground begins to sink fairly rapidly when we do things of this nature.

    Like most issues that are heavily debated this is a slippery slope. What about American citizens accused to acts of terrorism? Please take the word accused out of that sentence too, the men indefinitely detained in Guantanamo are still awaiting trial as far as I know. So they're just *accused* at this point.

    June 10, 2012 at 7:07 am | Reply
  8. Cannuk

    I believe that this kind of thinking can lead to a society that have no limit to what others feel is right to protect them. This will lead to much darker tighter control in the guise of national security.

    June 10, 2012 at 2:22 am | Reply
  9. Spectator

    Feel sorry for the innocent ones. But the real terrorists get what they deserve.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
    • just wondering

      so to catch a few we BRUTALIZE and VICTIMIZE many.... There is somthing seriously wrong with those that have that kind of mentality..... ZEIG HEIL sound kinda familiar to millions of dead innocents

      June 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  10. No

    No it doesn't (opinion).

    June 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply

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