Giving Terrorists Constitutional Rights

by Sal on February 27, 2009

in Law,Politics,War on Terror

The Obama Administration has moved Al Qaeda operative Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri from being an enemy combatant to being indicted in U.S. Criminal Court.  Al-Marri was an Al Qaeda sleeper agent based in the U.S., and provided the terrorist organization with material support.  He arrived in the U.S. shortly before 9/11 and was arrested in December of that year.  He had been held up until now in a military brig in South Carolina.

This decision wipes away the 8-year push by the Bush administration to treat terrorists as illegal combatants (they are) rather than criminals.  Al-Marri will now enjoy all of the defendant’s rights that go into a civilian trial, and pave the way for a process by which detainees at Guantanamo Bay will potentially be processed.  So let me ask you:  do you want this man to possibly get off on a technicality?

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