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Why Terrorists Should Not Get Civilian Trials

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The main reason is simply that they are Illegal (under the law of war) enemy combatants. They should be treated as such, which means, among other things, detaining them at Gitmo for the duration of hostilities and forcing them to provide intelligence.  At some point convenient to our interests, they should be tried in a military tribunal for war crimes (the targeting of civilians being principal among them).  
Another reason is provided by this atrocious story.  The idea that our government would trade an absurdly short prison sentence for cooperation it should have coerced is just beyond belief.

Well, no, it's not beyond belief, but it should be.

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