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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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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