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American justice is too soft on terrorists

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Submitted by Maurice (Israel), Nov 16, 2007 at 11:57

As long as the American judicial system is the way it is - i.e. innocent until proven guilty - terrorists will have more of an opportunity to either beat the rap or receive reduced sentences. They can avail themselves to the best legal council that money can buy; and for sure, Al Qaeda and other groups have plenty of money to spend on such assistance.

Why do you think that all those terror suspects were sent to GITMO following the invasion of Afghanistan and later Iraq? It's simply because the US government has control of their destinies as long as these people are not given legal council. They can be kept "on ice" indefinitely, and at least kept out of circulation.

That so few have been tried and convicted for being involved in 9/11 is a good example of this problem.

If laws are changed, Americans will loose freedoms granted in the U.S. Constitution. Some of these freedoms are already being challenged by new laws passed and the formation of the Dept. of Homeland Security.

This situation also applies to criminals, especially gangland criminals as popularized in the television series: The Sopranos.

That's the situaiion, and unfortunately the bad guys sometimes have the upper hand, from a legal standpoint.

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