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Constitutional protections

Reader comment on item: Maher Hawash: The Terrorist Next Door

Submitted by Steven Dzik (United States), Aug 15, 2003 at 00:20

This is not a criminal issue. This is an issue of war. We do not apply constitutional protections to people we capture in war or people participating in a war even if they are on American soil. I am not a legal historian, but this is not the first time a foreign spies or sabateur has been caught on American soil. This has happened in WWII and certainly happened frequently during the civil war.

Maintaining civil rights while under attack is a difficult problem. I don't claim to have all the answers. But simple minded bromides that ignore the risks involved is just silly.

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