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What is your take on Bob Barr's statements at CPAC?

One-time Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr riled the conservative CPAC crowd on Friday, when he declared that civilian courts were appropriate for handling terrorists and insisted that -- if a trial was what they wanted -- those who used waterboarding should be brought before a judge.

The Georgia Republican appeared on a panel about the balance between national security and personal freedoms.

Pointing to the passage of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, Barr insisted that America already had the laws in place to handle terrorist acts like the failed Christmas Day airline bomb plot. Those who suggested that "an idiot on that airline flying into Detroit on Christmas Day" needed to be sent to a military tribunal were "allowing our leaders to have their cake and eat it too."

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 6:02 PM on Feb. 19, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • here is nothing magical about a military tribunal," Barr said, as boos from the audience began cascading around him. "They don't have, necessarily, better lawyers than in a civilian sector. I think I have a lot more faith in our U.S. attorneys who are non political, than my colleagues on the other side of this debate do. We can try them. We should try them. That is precisely... what our law provides for. And if next time we are faced with a situation we say: 'Oh, you know, we want to have them go to the military. Let them torture them for a while. It's not enhanced interrogation techniques. Waterboarding is torture. How would you like to be waterboarded? Try that!"

    Needless to say, Barr was alone with his sentiments. Following him on the dais was Viet Dinh, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and one of the authors of the USA Patriot Act.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:02 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

  • Marco Rubio spoke the other day at CPAC and when he said they should have military trials everyone stood and cheered.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:10 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

  • I disagree with him. People are clamoring to be "safe." You can't be safe when you parade national security issues through a public court.

    I find it absolutely riduculous to try people that had alread plead guilty. Sentence them and get it over with.

    People detained in a war situation do not deserve a "public" trial and rights of American citizens. They should be tried as prisoners have been for decades....under military law. You cannot effectively mesh "public" rules/citizen rights with a military operation....not without getting people killed.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 6:27 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

  • I disagree with him. People are clamoring to be "safe." You can't be safe when you parade national security issues through a public court. I find it absolutely riduculous to try people that had alread plead guilty. Sentence them and get it over with.
    People detained in a war situation do not deserve a "public" trial and rights of American citizens. They should be tried as prisoners have been for decades....under military law. You cannot effectively mesh "public" rules/citizen rights with a military operation....not without getting people killed.


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    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 6:41 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

  • Yes, there are laws in place to handle AMERICAN CITIZENS who commit such acts - like Timothy McVey. These laws do not apply to foreigners who come here with the sole purpose of using a plan as a bomb. That makes the person (or people) enemy combatants. The distinction must be made between citizens and foreigners. Our laws, our freedoms, our jails, our protections DO NOT apply to people who are not citizens of this county.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 7:24 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

  • Bob Barr spoke the truth. No wonder they booed since they are all in denial deep.
    Since when is it patriotic to defend or IGNORE torture and advocate the taking away of other people's rights?

    We need more like him with the courage to tell it like it is.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:01 PM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • If they are not Amrican citz they should not recieve the rights of one.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 4:23 PM on Feb. 20, 2010

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