Judge Urges 'Different Approach' to Guantánamo Cases

, The National Law Journal


Senior Judge Harry Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was on a panel Tuesday that unanimously rejected a Guantánamo Bay detainee's petition for release from custody. But that doesn't mean the judge liked it.

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  • brian

    This is exactly why terrorism cases dealing with foreign nationals SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE U.S. court system. Our law is based on rights, liberties and property and is designed to deal with domestic issues and crimes involving citizens; it is woefully illequipped to deal with matters of war and/or terrorism which formatively encompass the international landscape. Moreover, by necessity, various intelligence agencies must needs be involved in the investigative judicial process, which splits what should be one investigation into mere wedges of a pie; there cannot fail to be conflicts. It is terrorism's goal to disrupt, in order to cause fear and confusion. This disruption can be of myriad shapes, and can just as easily apply to stifling a court of law as blowing up a coffee shop. Chalk up another for terrorism, I guess. Sun Tzu's, "the Art Of War," advises a combatant to confuse and draw out an enemy by attacking that which he is bound to defend, and the US Judicial system is a beautiful target. I ask, how many US dollars is one terrorist worth and how much trouble should we allow him to bring? WE are suckers wearing 3-Piece suits and black robes, lost in our own desire to take on the big problems, when the big problems can easily be put neck deep in a hole, if we could get over our own egos.

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