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National Security Strategy Embraces Indefinite Detention Without Charge

At the risk of sounding obsessive, look at how the National Security Strategy entrenches indefinite detention without charge. The increased risk of terrorism

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | May 27, 2010

At the risk of sounding obsessive, look at how the National Security Strategy entrenches indefinite detention without charge.

The increased risk of terrorism necessitates a capacity to detain and interrogate suspected violent extremists, but that framework must align with our laws to be effective and sustainable. When we are able, we will prosecute terrorists in Federal courts or in reformed military commissions that are fair, legitimate, and effective. For detainees who cannot be prosecuted—but pose a danger to the American people—we must have clear, defensible, and lawful standards. We must have fair procedures and a thorough process of periodic review, so that any prolonged detention is carefully evaluated and justified. And keeping with our Constitutional system, it will be subject to checks and balances. The goal is an approach that can be sustained by future Administrations, with support from both political parties and all three branches of government.

This is actually in a section entitled “Strengthen the Power of Our Example.”

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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