Senator Rand Paul is like Horatius at the bridge standing against the serial vandalizing of the Constitution by the President of the United States and his myrmidons at the Department of Justice.
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Lost in the noise over the National Defense Authorization Act's detention provisions were some equally disturbing rules regarding the transfer of terr...
Even if one believes that national security trumps all, the failure to provide a fair trial to suspected terrorists will ultimately do far more harm to U.S. national security than it will do good.
I'll agree with Sen. Lindsey Graham on one thing: "Americans still wait for justice." But Graham's explanation for why we haven't yet seen justice is actually backwards.
Neither new detention rules nor military commissions can truly overcome torture's legacy. That can only be done by admitting what happened, holding perpetrators accountable, and ultimately, prosecuting terror the American justice system.
The U.S. government is already detaining hundreds of suspects captured abroad at Guantanamo Bay. The question is whether Congress should expand that authority and define it in more detail.
Lindsey Graham's effort to get the administration to abandon legitimate federal court trials for suspected terrorists in exchange for the funding needed to close Guantanamo Bay is headed nowhere fast.
The American people deserve to know what happened on 9/11 and who was behind it. The families deserve an opportunity to see justice served.
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