"This week the Senate has been debating S. 1867, The National Defense Authorization Act, co-sponsored by John McCain and Carl Levin. Defenders of the legislation claim it is a codification of ten years of counter-terrorism policy in the United States. Detractors claim the legislation would allow the military to arrest and indefinitely detain anyone suspected of terrorism, including an American citizen.
"According to a Washington Post editorial written by the co-sponsors, the legislation does not expand “the authority under which detainees can be held under custody.” National Review’s Andrew McCarthy claims S. 1867 “does not change existing laws in any meaningful way.” But fellow supporter Lindsey Graham claimed the bill would allow indefinite detention “American citizen or not” because the bill will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield. . . .
"Shall we just abolish civil courts? If the objective is to get a conviction we are certainly more likely to get guilty verdicts in military courts so why not abolish civil courts and try everyone at Guantanamo Bay where a guilty verdict is almost assured?"
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