terrorist in civilian court?

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    What do you think of the DOJ trying a known terrorist, who is not a US citizen in a civilian court giving them all the constitutional rights we have as US citizens. I personally think it is wrong.
     
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    This is the way it's supposed to be done under th US Constitution. Do you feel we should only treat people the right way when it's convenient to do so?
     
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    Our legal system is very well equipped for this task. Remember that they have been trying terrorists for years in federal court, including both foreign and home grown terrorists. The constitutional rights afforded to the defendants are written into our constitution and ensure that we do not stoop to the level of barbarism that others-say terrorists-would
     
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    If they are no a US Citizen - then they do not have US rights! Try them in a military court! Period!!! If they are a terrorist who is a US citizen - then they have rights - but if they are not - shoot them and be done with it! PERIOD!!
     
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    Can we assume therefore that if you were to be the subject of extraordinary rendition to another country you would be happy to be tried by a Military Tribunal, or would you prefer a Civilian Court?
     
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    Its this kind of treatment that we didn't appreciate from the british and why we drafted our constitution
     
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    Actually under the Constituition, they still get the rights of a citizen as far as criminal law goes. Of course, not only do you want to ignore the constitution, you also apparently want executions without trials. You're a sad excuse for an American.
     
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    Very amusing in light of the current recent US-UK extradition treaty which gives rights to US citizens when being extradited by the UK which brits do not get when extradited by the US. Revenge, eh?

    Hmm. Rather raises the question of why military courts would not equally be set up to dispense justice.
     
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    Why do you think it's wrong?
     
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    Were the right-wingers asleep when the Bush administration tried 289 terrorist in federal court?


    Here's a partial list:
    * Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, convicted, 1996, U.S. District Court (before then-U.S. District Judge Michael Mukasey) -- plotting terrorist attacks on the U.S. (currently: U.S. prison, Butler, North Carolina);

    * Zacarias Moussaoui, convicted, 2006, U.S. Federal Court -- conspiracy to commit the 9/11 attacks (currently: U.S. prison, Florence, Colorado);

    * Richard Reid, convicted, 2003, U.S. Federal Court -- attempting to blow up U.S.-bound jetliner over the Atlantic Ocean (currently: U.S. prison, Florence, Colorado);

    * Jose Padilla, convicted, 2007, U.S. Federal Court -- conspiracy to commit terrorism (currently: U.S. prison, Florence, Colorado);

    * Iyman Faris a/k/a/ Mohammad Rauf, convicted, 2003, U.S. Federal Court -- providing material support and resources to Al-Qaeda, conspiracy to commit terrorist acts on behalf of Al Qaeda (currently: U.S. prison, Florence, Colorado);
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    * Ali Saleh al-Marri, accused Al Qaeda operative -- not yet tried, held as "unlawful enemy combatant" (currently: U.S. Naval Brig, Hanahan, South Carolina);

    * Masoud Khan, convicted, 2004, U.S. Federal Court -- conspiracy to commit terrorism as part of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Islamic jihad (currently: U.S. prison, Terre Haute, Indiana);

    * John Walker Lindh, convicted, 2002, U.S. Federal Court -- providing material support to the Taliban (currently: U.S. prison, Florence, Colorado).
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    That's just a partial list. Both pre- and post-9/11, there are numerous other individuals who have been convicted in U.S. civilian courts of various acts relating to terrorism inspired by Islamic radicalism, including many alleged to be high-level Terrorists, who are now serving sentences inside the U.S., in U.S. prisons. Source(s):

    http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2…
    http://mobile.salon.com/opinion/greenwal…
     
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