Plea Bargaining with Terrorists gets us...

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  1. carpro

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    Nothing.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703436504574640560502410466.html?mod=djemEditorialPage


    Ramzi Yousef, you may recall, was the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 who is now serving a life sentence in a supermax prison in Colorado. The Obama Administration likes to cite his arrest, conviction and imprisonment as a model for its faith that the criminal justice system is the best way to handle terrorist detainees.


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    Yet as far as we know, Yousef told U.S. interrogators little or nothing about KSM's(Yousef's uncle) plots and strategy once he was in U.S. custody. This isn't surprising, since once he was in the criminal justice system Yousef was granted a lawyer and all the legal protections against cooperating with U.S. interrogators. To this day, we don't recall any official claim that Yousef has provided useful intelligence of the kind that KSM, Abu Zubaydah and other al Qaeda leaders later did when they were interrogated by the CIA.


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    The lesson of these cases, like that of Ramzi Yousef, is not that the criminal justice system can sometimes convict terrorists. It is that criminal prosecution is far less vital to U.S. security than is conducting the interrogations that can yield information that saves innocent lives.
     
  2. Dragoon68

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    It just plain stinks! It's repulsive to think we're "giving" terrorists access to our civil justice system and treating them like criminals instead of terrorists. It's dumb! Where have all the wise men gone? How have the fools managed to gain control of these decisions?
     

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