Should foreign combatants who are captured be given the same due process in federal courts as U.S. citizens?

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the United States began fighting the so-called “War on Terror” against groups such as the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Al Qaeda terrorist network throughout the Middle East. The unique circumstances of this war, specifically that it was not fought against a conventional army but rather against terrorist groups that recruited fighters from all over the world, raised a number of questions of how captured combatants should be treated. The Supreme Court became involved in the issue after controversy arose over the U.S. holding captured combatants indefinitely at the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba without a trial. Throughout four cases in the 2000s, the high court granted captured combatants certain due process rights and limited the military and executive department from using their discretion in handling prisoners.

The Trump administration has recently considered sending several captured high-level ISIS fighters to Guantanamo Bay. There, they could be held for long periods of time without having a trial. While some believe that enemy combatants who are captured should not be given the same due process rights as U.S. citizens, others believe they should be granted a fair trial in a federal court and not be sentenced by a military tribunal.

What do you think? Should foreign combatants who are captured be given the same due process in federal courts as U.S. citizens?

 

Current Standings:
Yes: 55%
No: 45%
  • Elijah from Ohio

    In Nazi Germany, gorilla courts were installed to keep the flow going of prisoners of war. They would be fed through a room with one person that was the lawyer, judge, and jury. This process enslaved thousands of people who were imprisoned by a system meant to be unfair and cruel. If the same system was installed here, what would stop us from becoming Nazi Germany? All tyrannical and dictatorial society are caused by one slip up, one bending of the rules, one moral conviction that was ignored.

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  • Ericka Lorraine from Texas

    Regardless of who they are, we are all human. Being given the same process in court is only fair, regardless of their country of origin.

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  • Jaylen from Texas

    The question that divides both sides, lies not in the nature by which we address suspects and convicts, but the trust one has in their government;federal system. It plays the hand of Justice vs. Defense. Hypothetically if one were to arrest an individual who was in a failed attempt to injure others and the people around them- – let’s say your family would have been in this supposed building getting ready to be bombed. The alleged bomber failed in their attempt to bomb this building with 1000 people including your family and is now on trial. Should the US give this person a fair trial by giving him/her the best lawyer? I say the answer to that question is yes. No matter how emotionally involved we are one must understand the principles that this nation holds itself to. If this is a man/woman with the intentions to destroy for no justifiable reason, if one believes he should get the worst lawyer, is it because they do not trust their government to convict an individual with the evidence we already possess of their ill intentions. We hold ourselves to these truths because no matter how bad the crime, America has and will always embody the “City Upon a hill”. The nation that sets an example as explained by Jonathan Winthrop. America’s hopes lies in the rights its gives individuals, at some point one must understand that the seeking of personal justice is what keeps a nation’s defense from working properly. We give this individual a fair trial not only because it is the American thing to do, but morally and principally one should want to understand the holistic means of the case. What if said individual on trial had no choice because their family was being held hostage? Would you want to be responsible for the torturing of an individual who was pressured by force to do such an act, when we ourselves would probably do the same for our family. We may seek justice but we must remove our emotions because any sense of irrational impulse will keep us from understanding the nature of our defense for a nation, an individual’s rights, and our family as well.

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  • Maximus from Colorado

    The whole goal of countries and even the UN is to ensure peace and tranquility throughout earth, and one natural right of humans is just that; To be human. Giving the captures a chance to answer for what they’ve done, and provide an explanation for their actions would allow us to understand where everyone is coming from with these attacks and find a more effective way of showing that we’re not the bad guys, but in fact, we’re here to help you have a better life than before you came here. Isn’t that one of our biggest sayings that we’re known for? “The Land of Opportunity”

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  • Maya from California

    The right to a fair and speedy trial is central to American values of freedom and justice- it’s included in the bill of rights for this reason. Now do we believe that an individual must have had the luck of being born an American to be worthy of such a fundamental human right? If we begin to pick and choose who is worthy of the application of our values where will we draw the line? It is only logical that any individual whom American authorities charge with a crime receive a fair trial and humane treatment, and that our assertion that any individual is innocent until proven guilty is not undermined. Should such individuals truly be guilty of terrorist acts, this will become evident through due process- and should they be found innocent then we have maintained our democratic ideals and spared an innocent individual of an unjust fate. To throw potentially innocent foreigners in Guantanamo Bay without due process is to throw our values of justice alongside the 6th amendment out the window.

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    The right to a fair and speedy trial is central to American values of freedom and justice- it’s included in the bill of rights for this reason. Now do…

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  • Regan from Colorado

    If there is a crime that is committed and there were people that helped plan that crime but they didn’t actually commit the crime themselves, I think that they should be given a fair trial because they didn’t commit the crime.

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  • Hunter from Texas

    Every human deserves the same rights in America.

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  • Matthew from Indiana

    Although terrorists, foreign combatants, seek to destroy our freedoms and liberties that we cherish, we are better than them. Yes, they deserve to be locked up and not to see the light of day after they have been caught, but if we truly believe one is innocent until proven guilty, then we must show it even when it is hard to do so. In Sen. McCain farewell letter to the American people he said we were “citizens of the world’s greatest republic” and that our job was to stand up for our ideals at home and abroad. How can we be citizens of the greatest republic and be a beacon of hope to the world if we don’t treat others with the same rights that our founding fathers thought were so important and were willing to die for? The founders risked their lives for the rights they included in the constitution, one being a right to a fair and speedy trial. A trial is only fair and adds to justifying locking up foreign combatants for the evil they do.

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  • Alayna from Michigan

    Yes. They are still humans, they still deserve some rights and a fair trial. Maybe they were just caught in the middle of it all but don’t actually know anything or are a part of it, and now they are going to be killed for something the didn’t do. It’s just not right. Everyone should be granted a fair trial.

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    Yes. They are still humans, they still deserve some rights and a fair trial. Maybe they were just caught in the middle of it all but don’t actually kn…

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  • Eden from Michigan

    Yes because even though they are criminals, they are still people, Everyone deserves fair judgement. Torture is the wrong. It’s in the Human Rights.

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  • Audra from Colorado

    I think that every person deserves the right to have a trail and to at least have all sides of the considered before being given their punishment. This does not mean that they can not be tortured or receive harsh punishment, but they deserve the right to the due process of law.

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    I think that every person deserves the right to have a trail and to at least have all sides of the considered before being given their punishment. Thi…

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  • lauryn from Michigan

    yes because they are still human and that means they have the right to due process. Plus they should have due process because they could just be caught up in the mess instead of actually causing any trouble

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    yes because they are still human and that means they have the right to due process. Plus they should have due process because they could just be caugh…

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  • Kate from Michigan

    Because everybody is human and have rights, we should all be treated the same.

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  • Lauren from Colorado

    I think that all people citizens or not deserve a fair trial even if there is a chance they could be a terrorist.

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  • levi from Michigan

    Yes and no. I believe everyone is human and people should be treated as such. However if they are sure he or she is a terrorist I believe they should us any means necessary to get information out of the. What if there planning another attack on Us soil. However they are still human they still have family and children. In the end it comes down to why and who committed the act. Personally I would take neither side.

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    • Alaina from Colorado

      I can see what you are saying with this response and I totally agree with both of the sides and the reasons why you said each. The idea that everyone is human sometimes escapes individuals who have been blinded by others wrong doings. I think that people have a tendency to have bad outlooks on a culture entirely, instead of looking at who the person is they look at more of who the culture of the people where that individual is from. This can make them overlook the fact that it could be another innocent human, that looks the same on the inside as they do maybe just not on the outside. Leading to cruel and unnecessary, punishments and ways of getting information.

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      I can see what you are saying with this response and I totally agree with both of the sides and the reasons why you said each. The idea that everyone …

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  • raine from Michigan

    yes because we have the right no torture and everyone is innocent until proven guilty. they could have been forced to do it.

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    • Maximus from Colorado

      I absolutely agree with you! It’s even in the constitution; Giving anyone the right to be innocent until proven guilty. Brilliant!

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  • Brianna from Michigan

    I think the should, because they are human, and therfore they have rights. But, these rights should not be put above the people’s safety. So, I think we should be wise when dealing with these people.

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    I think the should, because they are human, and therfore they have rights. But, these rights should not be put above the people’s safety. So, I think …

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    • Katelyn from Colorado

      Although I do agree with you that since they are humans they should be dealt with in a humane way, I do have to disagree because since they are human they should know the difference between what is right and wrong. We have all known from a young age how to make good decisions and have learned, when we don’t make the right decisions their are consequences. So rightfully by causing these acts of terror they should naturally have consequences.

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      Although I do agree with you that since they are humans they should be dealt with in a humane way, I do have to disagree because since they are human …

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  • Jax from Michigan

    Everyone is Human, No matter what they did they are a still a human, and they should get at least a little rights and the punishment still should be within reason

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    • Summer from Colorado

      Yes everyone should have basic human rights but as U.S citizens we have rights to a speedy and public trial in front of an impartial jury. A non US citizen should not be afforded these same rights.
      Though we should treat them humanely, they should not be granted these same rights.

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      Yes everyone should have basic human rights but as U.S citizens we have rights to a speedy and public trial in front of an impartial jury. A non US ci…

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    • M. from Colorado

      I agree with this! I think that, because everyone is human, they should have the right to not be subject to torture or cruel punishments. However, I do think that their trial should be held slightly differently than it would normally be since they are not citizens of the U.S.

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      I agree with this! I think that, because everyone is human, they should have the right to not be subject to torture or cruel punishments. However, I d…

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  • Dylan from Michigan

    Yes, I think that they should be given due process, and if they are guilty, and if they are a terrorist, we should be able to torture them, because they are not US citizens. They have been willingly fighting a war against us, and taking that risk. They CAN be tortured, but they must go thru due process first.

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    Yes, I think that they should be given due process, and if they are guilty, and if they are a terrorist, we should be able to torture them, because th…

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  • kaitlyn from Michigan

    Yes because if we treat our enemys that way what will it say about us and america? also we are all human and created by God

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  • Franka from Colorado

    Yes because if the US wants to be a country that ensures justice that would include all people even those who come from other countries and don’t have good intentions. I believe that a true humane democracy must demonstrate that all human life is valuable and must be treated accordingly.

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  • GG from Colorado

    They should have a fair trial because that is just basic human rights

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  • Porter from Colorado

    Yes, I believe that if a foreign combatant is captured under US federal law, they are entitled to equal judicial treatment as a U.S. citizen esketit

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  • Kelsey from Colorado

    I agree with the fact that these terrorists are enemies and threatening the United States and deserve to be punished, however if the U.S. government is going to be holding them captive and giving them gruesome punishments, they should have a trial first to simple be able to voice their opinions and speak since they are on United States soil. This does not harm anyone and the terrorist can still suffer the same punishment but it allows the chance for someone who may be falsely accused to speak out. I do believe that these American enemies deserve punishment but a trial beforehand helps to ensure that the punishment matches the exact crime that they committed. The trial, if anything, helps to find an appropriate punishment for the terrorist so it benefits the United States government as well.

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    I agree with the fact that these terrorists are enemies and threatening the United States and deserve to be punished, however if the U.S. government i…

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  • Brynn from Colorado

    I believe it is inhumane to not give the captured combatants a fair trial in the United States Federal Courts. I could see how people believe that as they are a part of terrorist groups such as ISIS they are enemies of the United States and do not deserve the same treatment as United States citizens, but they are human. It is written in our Constitution that “all men are created equal” and those men are included not only in the United States, but around the world. It is important for the United States to not let go of their own morals as they are dealing with these foreign combatants.

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    I believe it is inhumane to not give the captured combatants a fair trial in the United States Federal Courts. I could see how people believe that as …

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    • Audra from Colorado

      I absolutely agree. I think that all people should have the right to have a trial in our country. It does not mean that they can not get punished, but they should at least have the chance to be looked at as a person before they are punished. Our country needs to rise above all of the other issues going on in the world and look at all people has humans.

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      I absolutely agree. I think that all people should have the right to have a trial in our country. It does not mean that they can not get punished, but…

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  • kayla from Colorado

    Yes because if they are tried in the US we must give them the same rights in court under our constitution and it is our moral obligation to try these people as equals. Its only fair, we can arrest them and send them away for doing the awful things they did but not before we give them to a fair and swift trial.

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    Yes because if they are tried in the US we must give them the same rights in court under our constitution and it is our moral obligation to try these …

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    • GG from Colorado

      I agree with this because if we are not making it fair we can be just as bad

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  • Greta from Iowa

    The UN passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in Article 10 it states “Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.” Essentially taking away the foreign combatants due process is taking away one of their basic human rights. Everyone should be allowed to have their say in court, and have their chance to prove their innocence. The accused should not just be sent to jail. Many innocent people would be in jail now if they were not allowed their time in court. Foreign combatants need to have the same due process in court as U.S. citizens.

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  • Jennifer from Colorado

    I believe that if we are holding these combatants as prisoners, on U.S. territory, they should be given the same rights as any other person being tried in court in the U.S. As many have said before, all men are created equal…who are we as U.S. citizens to exclude them from their natural born rights.

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    I believe that if we are holding these combatants as prisoners, on U.S. territory, they should be given the same rights as any other person being trie…

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    • Porter from Colorado

      I totally agree with this, just think, they were arrested and detained because they broke our rules, why would we not abide by our own judicial law and give them the due process they deserve as a person.

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      I totally agree with this, just think, they were arrested and detained because they broke our rules, why would we not abide by our own judicial law an…

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    • Anna from Colorado

      I see where your coming from that if they are on U.S. territory that they should have the same rights of another person to be tried in a federal court. It’s a great point.

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  • Dante from Colorado

    They are people so they should still have rights.

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    • Franka from Colorado

      That is a very good and clear way of getting the point across.

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    • Caden from Colorado

      Yes, but they are people that have actively sought to attack the United States, so why should we give them the time of day?

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  • Olivia from Colorado

    I believe that all humans should be treated the same, despite their cultural or economic origins/background. Therefore, if a foreign combatant is captured, they should be given the same due process that the U.S. gives its own citizens. Although they are not citizens of our country, they are on our soil. Here, we give all people the right to due process, so why should it change if they aren’t citizens? They are people too and should have the exact same rights.

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    • Brynn from Colorado

      I agree with your beliefs that if they are own our soil, they should be given the same rights as United States Citizens, and despite whether they are a U.S. citizen or not we are the ones who brought them into our country. I also agree with giving people rights simply because they are people.

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  • Kaitlyn from Colorado

    I believe that all men are created equal. No matter the choices one makes or the life they choose to live, I believe everyone should have the same rights. Even if some believe that they should get a worse punishment for what they have done, that goes against the constitution. Foreign combatants who are captured should be given the same due process in federal courts as U.S citizens.

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    I believe that all men are created equal. No matter the choices one makes or the life they choose to live, I believe everyone should have the same rig…

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    • Karissa from Colorado

      I can see where your coming from, and I also believe that everyone is created equal. Although, when those people use their rights and freedoms to cause harm and terror to others, they should lose those freedoms. I can also see where your coming from, when you talk about how it goes against the Constitution. While it does go against the Constitution, the foreign combatants are not US citizens, so the question I have is whether they should be given a fair trial because they are on US territory, but not citizens. You make many good points in your argument.

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      I can see where your coming from, and I also believe that everyone is created equal. Although, when those people use their rights and freedoms to caus…

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    • Jenna from Colorado

      A Lot of the information that leads to capturing these combatants is not up to courts standards. Due to the way our laws are written you have all this info inadmissible in court. So by the USA’S standards we may not be able to capture these people even though the CIA has the evidence. So in the USA cops must go through jugys to get warrants. Let’s say the warrant has something wrong on it everything they found due to that warrant is thrown out. CIA doesn’t need to do any of that.

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      A Lot of the information that leads to capturing these combatants is not up to courts standards. Due to the way our laws are written you have all this…

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  • Kiera from Kansas

    All men are created equal here in the U.S

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  • Tess from Colorado

    I think that every man, no matter their past, their present, or their future, should be given the same rights as every other man in this country. Obviously, there are some adjustments that need to be made for the safety of our people, but every man deserves a fair chance. We want to be known and are known for the American Dream, we can’t just pick and chose where that dream lands and into whose hands it falls into.

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    I think that every man, no matter their past, their present, or their future, should be given the same rights as every other man in this country. Obvi…

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    • Bailey from Colorado

      While I agree that we want to be known for the American Dream, what does it say about that dream when we put our own citizens at risk? To try foreign combatants in our Federal courts, they would often have to be brought into the United States, giving them ample opportunity to create false alibis, or find a way to escape. They could also commit more crimes, hurt more people when they are brought here. And by trying foreign combatants in our own courts, we are denying the other countries of whom have also been wronged the ability to prosecute them.

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      While I agree that we want to be known for the American Dream, what does it say about that dream when we put our own citizens at risk? To try foreign …

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    • Kelsey from Colorado

      I agree with your point about how we are known for the American Dream and I think that currently the United States is being known for some acts that are not kind but showing mercy to citizens from another country, even if it is just giving them a trial before their punishment, helps to solidify the American Dream. If we start to compromise our values and make exceptions for who gets a trial, quickly even American criminals could be losing the chance to have a trial, and our American established government will fall apart. We shouldn’t be choosing who gets certain rights and which countries we will allow to have trials for, it should be open to everyone.

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      I agree with your point about how we are known for the American Dream and I think that currently the United States is being known for some acts that a…

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    • Allison from Colorado

      I agree with the idea that everyone deserves the same rights, but when they have committed an act of terrorism, I think there is an exception. A terrorist should not have the same rights as an American citizen.

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      I agree with the idea that everyone deserves the same rights, but when they have committed an act of terrorism, I think there is an exception. A terro…

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    • Jennifer from Colorado

      I completely agree with this point. I think also considering the fact that we are forcing them to be tried in court on U.S. territory, they should be given the same fair trial as anyone else tried in U.S. courts.

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      I completely agree with this point. I think also considering the fact that we are forcing them to be tried in court on U.S. territory, they should be …

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    • Carrie from Colorado

      I can agree with some of what you say. If we don’t treat others respectfully, what kind of example or display are we showing other countries in our world? However, the foreign captured combatants are not here for the American Dream, they are here to terrorize those that do seek it. They are taking that chance for many people unfairly and risking their basic rights and freedoms that they gain with their American Dream. They don’t deserve the American Dream if they are going to take it away from others.

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      I can agree with some of what you say. If we don’t treat others respectfully, what kind of example or display are we showing other countries in our wo…

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  • Edward from Virginia

    Yes because what kind of nation would we be if we disagreed with our own rules about the equal due process. We would look like a bunch of fools. Even though they are terrorists they do deserve equal due process as all people.

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  • Erin from Virginia

    All men are created equal, whether born in America or not. No matter what crime an American citizen commits, they are still allowed a fair trial, so a crime committed by someone from a different country should be treated the same way. There should be no reason why they cannot be subject to the same due process as American citizens, because if the process is truly fair, then the person on trial will receive the punishment that fits the crime. The bottom line is that if someone is being tried in American territory or for crimes against America, then the case should be treated the same way any other American crime is treated.

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    • kayla from Colorado

      I agree with you 100%. I like your logic and your argument. The points you made about the fairness, and the fact that it should be treated as an American crime on American soil.

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    • Jake from Colorado

      I like your all men are created equal but if someone is not born in america then why should they get the special rights that Americans have. They should get basic rights and the right to a fair trial but they should not get the rights that citizens of america get.

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  • Everett from Kansas

    Everyone has their legal rights, and the constitution protects these rights. It’d be pretty uncool if we just decide to ignore the constitution just to give these people a hard time, even if some think they deserve it.

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    • Holly from Colorado

      I completely agree with the legal aspect of your argument, I feel that our countries history should automatically give all people a fair trial despite nationality. I also feel this point could be further pushed in a moral sense too. We all have human rights that should be obeyed and would be in a perfect world, and changing how fairly a trial is conducted solely off of nationality is not morally right in my opinion.

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    • josie from Alabama

      i do believe everyone has their legal rights but only as a legal us citixen. Ithink its very uncool for someone to come into the us, commit and act of terrorism and disrespect the constitution.

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      i do believe everyone has their legal rights but only as a legal us citixen. Ithink its very uncool for someone to come into the us, commit and act of…

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  • Savannah from Virginia

    All people deserve to be treated equally, whether they are the “enemies” of our nation or not. Actively ignoring the rules we set in place to deal with criminals when it comes to foreigners in the name of revenge does not make us better people. Not giving foreign combatants due process rights contradicts a major part of democracy. If not for that, I agree with this statement for the reason that it would only help unite public opinion in their conviction. If these people are truly guilty, then their fate will be the same either way, the difference is only the picture it paints of our nation to its citizens and to our allies. Falling into the trap of rushed judgement for the sake of returning pain doesn’t end a war, it creates fractures in our unity as people which is a necessity for winning a war, especially given the current political tension in our country.

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  • Connor from Virginia

    Even though these people are terrorists, they should still be given a fair trial to cause less controversy of the way the government handles situations like these. If they are given a just trial and are found guilty, they will be punished to the fullest extent of the law and no one can dispute it. Due process also helps if people are falsely accused of terrorism to make sure no one is wrongly punished for crimes they did not commit.

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    • Maxwell from Colorado

      However I do understand your points I find it very hard to give someone rights that they have not earned and do not have. I believe that they do not deserve to be able to have the same privilages as U.S citizens because it should be something held exclusivly by U.S citizens.

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      However I do understand your points I find it very hard to give someone rights that they have not earned and do not have. I believe that they do not d…

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  • Madison from Virginia

    I believe that foreign combatants should receive the same due process of US citizens. In America we pride ourselves on our basic right to a fair and equal trial. To deny a person of the same opportunities merely because of the arbitrary nationality that labels them, is to have a sense of hierarchy over them. Captured foreign combatants could be wrongly accused, or simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. A sense of justice should be granted to the guilty and not guilty regardless of their citizenship status.

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  • Suriana from Virginia

    The right to a fair trial is a dividing factor of the US government and this should be practiced with anyone who has violated US law. We follow the belief that no one should be deprived of life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness without a due process. This should e practiced on US soil.

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    The right to a fair trial is a dividing factor of the US government and this should be practiced with anyone who has violated US law. We follow the be…

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  • Connor from Virginia

    Even if they are terrorists, I feel it is right for everyone to have a fair trial. This would cause less controversy throughout our nation if everyone had a just trial through the extent of the law. If they are guilty, then they will be punished to the fullest extent and no one can argue they didn’t get what they deserved because they had gone through due process and received equal treatment by law. Also, this makes it easier if someone was falsely accused to make sure they really did commit their crimes.

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    Even if they are terrorists, I feel it is right for everyone to have a fair trial. This would cause less controversy throughout our nation if everyone…

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    • allie from Colorado

      I agree Connor, though they aren’t legally under our constitution they don’t have a right to a fair trial, but they deserve one. But preventing controversy can’t be the only reason we give them something, they don’t lawfully deserve

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      I agree Connor, though they aren’t legally under our constitution they don’t have a right to a fair trial, but they deserve one. But preventing contro…

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  • Savannah from Virginia

    The right to a fair trial is a human right. This right should be undeterred in any circumstance and in every case.

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  • Amanda from Virginia

    I believe that captured foreign combatants should receive the same processes as US citizens because they are on our land and are most likely being accused of crimes. I don’t think that just because someone isn’t a citizen that they don’t deserve a fair and normal trial. Anyone being held and accused of crimes deserves a fair chance at justice. To lock someone away with little to no chance of even a trial is inhumane and torturous.

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    • Bryanna from Colorado

      Amanda I completely agree, without a fair trial all we have are accusations against someone who for all we know is innocent. While that is unlikely, I still believe it is necessary to give each individual the opportunity of a fair trail.

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      Amanda I completely agree, without a fair trial all we have are accusations against someone who for all we know is innocent. While that is unlikely, I…

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  • tracey from Virginia

    Yes. I believe that foreign combatants should still be given the same due process as U.S citizens because as Americans, we claim that all humans are created equal and if we really stand by that, then foreigners should be included in this statement as well.

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    • Kaelyn from Colorado

      This is a very good point as it is placed in our constitution and we started with it.

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  • Grace from Tennessee

    In all honesty, if those captured were given the same rights as U.S. citizens, as well as the same process of law, then the result would be the same even if it weren’t implemented. Although, if America truly believes that all people are created equal, then it must treat all citizens, as well as foreigners, as equal human beings. If the instance were given that a terrorist was a U.S. citizen, would we deprive them of their right to due process of law? I don’t think so. That would break our laws, morals, precedents, and guidelines that we have for ourself as a country. If it would be acceptable to break that law, then it would be okay to break them all. Thus, creating anarchy. If America sets a standard of excellence, then America must follow it herself. If a person is guilty, then in either instance they will face the consequences of their actions. Keep in mind that this is subject to circumstance as well, if a terrorist is detained and a trial is in the very distant future, under no circumstance would it be wise to let him/her go. In the end, a crime is a crime, and America would need to be wise as well as implement American laws/precedents. After all, it is America, and we need to set the standard so that others will follow.

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  • Eric from Virginia

    As stated in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” All men are human no matter the offense and therefore I believe that all individuals that enter United States soil should be given the same due process in federal courts as U.S. citizens. The men stated in the Declaration of Independence are not just Americans but people from around the world. The right to a fair trial should be upheld at all times no matter the situation if on American soil.

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    • Kirsten from Colorado

      I agree, people are people no matter where they are from. Because the United States was founded on values of equality, taking it away just because someone isn’t a citizen goes against its core values.

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      I agree, people are people no matter where they are from. Because the United States was founded on values of equality, taking it away just because som…

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    • Hannah from Colorado

      I understand Eric’s point that all men are created equal. These people though are being captured and brought back to America. The constitution also applies to American citizens and not the entire world meaning that foreigners should not receive the same rights as the U.S. citizens.

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      I understand Eric’s point that all men are created equal. These people though are being captured and brought back to America. The constitution also …

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    • Shauna from Colorado

      I think you bring a valid point but I disagree. The Declaration of Independence was written by British citizens who wanted to break away form their country to establish the United States of America; not for China, not for Russia, but for the future American people. All men may be created equal but the Declaration upholds this for those living in this country and not those living elsewhere in the world. The Declaration of Independence was written specifically for the American people and citizens are entitled to the rights provided by it, but non-citizens who are enemies to the US don’t get the same rights.

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      I think you bring a valid point but I disagree. The Declaration of Independence was written by British citizens who wanted to break away form their co…

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    • Nicholas from Colorado

      I agree with Eric because all men are created even if they have a different skin color or background then you, they should still be treated the way you are treated.

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    • Olivia from Colorado

      I thought you made an excellent point by using the words of constitution. Many argue that the same standards should not be upheld because they are not American citizens. Although, even the constitution, which is one of the most “American” documents says that “all men are created equal”. This shows that all people should be given due process, not just American citizens.

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      I thought you made an excellent point by using the words of constitution. Many argue that the same standards should not be upheld because they are not…

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    • Martin from Colorado

      I was sure how I felt about this topic but your answer has persuaded me toward your ideas. This is a great point. Really well said I agree that fair trials should be upheld.

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  • ismatu from Virginia

    Yes, because if you’re charging them and trying then in a U.S. federal court they should be given equal treatment on both ends and shouldn’t be tried differently for being a foreign combatants. At the end of the day we are all human beings and there needs to be justice given at the same level.

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  • Maggie from Virginia

    Foreign Combatants, when captured, should be given the same due process in federal courts as U.S. citizens. In the case of false accusation, the given due process can give the opportunity to avoid any mistreatment. Everyone on American soil should be given the chance to have a formal judgment, including war prisoners, due to basic human rights.

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  • Sarah from Virginia

    I believe the covert CIA jails are a product of us thinking that non-citizens can be treated poorly, it’s a mindset that needs to change

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  • Nathaly from Virginia

    If the Trump administration were to send enemy combats to Guantanamo Bay, without a trial, we would be going against the due process. It was already stated that captured criminals (enemies) were to be send to the Federal Court and fight against accusations. Even though they are our enemies, they are still human and would have to go through trial. We as a nation preach so much on equality so we should practice it and give these men a right to undergo trial. Even though it’s something that many of us don’t like, they still have the right and government officials should not go against our law. Let them go under Federal State power and get a chance to get a trial as we have said in the Constitution; 16th Amendment.

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  • Nancy from Virginia

    Although terriosm is a horrible act, and should not be condoned. I personally feel like they should have the right to be given a fair trial just like any other us citizens. If the person did or did not commit the crime, a due process will be in a fair favor for all. then lets say if he or she did not commit and was falsely accused and given a horrendous trial.

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    • Tess from Colorado

      I agree with this, my point of view doesn’t discount for how horrible terrorism is, but it does show that we should have faith in humanity and the greater good of all people. Everyone deserves a chance, its either all citizens or none, that’s only fair.

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      I agree with this, my point of view doesn’t discount for how horrible terrorism is, but it does show that we should have faith in humanity and the gre…

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  • Kayla from Virginia

    I think that foreign combatants who are captured should be given the same due process in federal court as US citizens because they are from other countries so they might have been unaware of all the consequences they could face.

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  • Annemarie from Virginia

    I believe that foreign combatants should be give a trial because that is whats fair. It would be hypocritical for US citizens, who have committed crimes just as bad, to able to receive their trial but not to foreigners who also should have the rights to receive a fair trial.

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    I believe that foreign combatants should be give a trial because that is whats fair. It would be hypocritical for US citizens, who have committed crim…

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  • Luis from Virginia

    In our constitution and in our overall beliefs in the American Way, we all mostly believe in equality. How are we suppose to prove that to our country and to others outside of the US that we firmly believe in that if we don’t do it in our courts.

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  • Benjamin from Virginia

    Providing a fair trial for foreign combatants is crucial for two reasons: the humane treatment it ensures and the image it projects. First, no person should ever be subject to torture, especially in a country that prides itself on liberty and equality. Enforced access to a trial limits the possibility of such a shameful outcome. Second, the equal treatment of prisoners sends an important message. It upholds the values the United States were founded upon, that even those who cause unduly harm to its people are given an impartial trial. Since it is implied that the combatants captured are terrorists, it is unlikely that they will be acquitted. However, there is no situation where assuring fair treatment is a negative.

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  • Keita from Virginia

    We’re a representative democracy that represents the people. We have to be firm with our decisions using laws (even if it doesn’t seem right in certain situations), or else we’ll turn to chaos and anarchy. We give everyone the right to the 6th Amendment and if we start putting people in jail without giving their constitutional rights, no matter if their a prisoner of war or a terrorist, America would fail to represent what we believe in.

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  • Kenny from Virginia

    I personally think that people captured should be given the same due process that US Citizens get. It would be unfair if someone captured due to terrorism or war could possibly be falsely accused but they wouldn’t be able to get a fair trial because of the fact that the government wouldn’t follow the usual due process. It should always be in effect no matter who is being put on trial. This would make things fair for everyone, regardless if they’re a citizen or not, and less controversial for our government.

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    I personally think that people captured should be given the same due process that US Citizens get. It would be unfair if someone captured due to terro…

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  • Siman from Virginia

    Although terrorism is horrible they should not get to be tortured without guidlines. American people who commit horrible crimes get fair trials so terrorists should get fair trials as well.

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  • AL from Tennessee

    They need to be given a fair trial, otherwise on what basis are judgments being made. This shows how as American’s we hold human life higher. Otherwise, anyone can be detained and sent to jail sometimes by misidentification and other times they might be forced to be a war criminal or whatever. If we understand what creates these criminals it gives us a better chance to stop it.

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    They need to be given a fair trial, otherwise on what basis are judgments being made. This shows how as American’s we hold human life higher. Otherwi…

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  • Yumna from Virginia

    First of all, the foreign combat may not be a U.S citizen. But all humans have rights, humans should not be tortured, abused, etc. The United States may not subject any person in its custody to torture or other cruel. No matter the crimes they have committed and the lives lost. Foreign combatants do deserve the same due process as a U.S citizen. Killing the foreign combatant is not what should be done. This method makes us no better than the enemy. The enemy has a problem. They were never taught the difference between right and wrong. Killing them will make us no better. Everyone deserves to get a chance in federal courts in the U.S.
    The prosecution of terrorism suspects by federal courts isn’t just the legal way to go but it has proven superior to any other military solution. Federal courts have convicted more than 620 individuals on terrorism-related charges since 9/11. While the military solution doesn’t have the same effect.

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    • Mya from Virginia

      Yumna. No one is talking about killing or torturing the terrorists. I just believe that a military tribunal is enough, and that these terrorists have done worse things to people, instead of keeping people prisoners, they rape them, murder people in front of their families. Like you said all humans have rights, but the people who were rape, murdered, dismembered, where were their rights

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      Yumna. No one is talking about killing or torturing the terrorists. I just believe that a military tribunal is enough, and that these terrorists have …

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  • Maggie from Virginia

    It’s important that we as a nation uphold our values of all people are created equal under law. Also it’s important that we project a good image of ourselves onto the world stage and if we were to mistreat foreign combatants it does not look too great

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  • Billy from Alabama

    Terrorists are humans too

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    • Brad from Colorado

      Yes, terrorists may be humans too, but with the intentions that many have on a daily basis it’s only a larger waste of resources to offer these Men a trial with the exact same outcome as would have before we ever give them righteous due process

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    • Dowon from Virginia

      Yes Billy from Alabama, I am Dowon Suk who thinks Terrorists are human as well. Though, they are harming innocent people who oppose the justice in this world. I am assuming from your view point that they are human and if they prey to god for the sin to be washed away, terrorists are to be treated equally as U.S. citizens? If so, then everyone would already be doing the same, and this whole world would be filled with hatred and violence. I think the reason why the place so called the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba exist because it scares people to not do the same or else to be treated over to the base with intense punishment. I do certainly agree on some part of your answer Mr. Billy from Alabama, but its not right to be treated equally if your not even part of the U.S.A. Thankyou.

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  • Cole from California

    The U.S. gives the right to due process to people in our country who have committed serious crimes. Terrorists have also committed serious crimes, the only difference being that they are captured overseas. If they are going to be tried under our legal system, they ought to be given the same rights as others tried under the system. If we want to uphold the ideals and the Constitution of America, we must give these persons due process rights.

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  • Mary from Illinois

    Absolutely, foreign combatants should be given a trial! It’s true that this right is not guaranteed in the Constitution. However, if prisoners don’t get a trial, many people could be unfairly jailed without any accountability. This is truly a scary thought. And we have to keep in mind that while the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, it is not the only law of the land. This issue isn’t addressed in the Constitution, which means that we were meant to decide for ourselves. And it seems clear that even people suspected of crimes, whether foreign or not, deserve a fair trial to decide guilt.
    Also, if the right to a trial is a “natural right” afforded to all humans, and I believe it is, then of course foreign combatants also count. Detaining ANYBODY for extended periods of time with no accountability, simply for alleged crimes, is never just.

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    Absolutely, foreign combatants should be given a trial! It’s true that this right is not guaranteed in the Constitution. However, if prisoners don’t…

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  • Matt from Virginia

    Foreign combatants are also human and deserve basic rights. Their actions should not be a reason to lower our moral standards. Due process should be given to make sure these people are being given humane treatment and are sentenced fairly.

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  • Carter from Kentucky

    The US speaks about all people having the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It doesn’t only speak of US citizens. Since these people are being tried in the US they should receive the rights that the US gives people. Even though they are not a citizen they reserve the same rights as other people. The US should believe in our justice system to try them fairly.

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    The US speaks about all people having the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It doesn’t only speak of US citizens. Since these peo…

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  • Ruby from Kentucky

    Yes, our criminal system is what separates us from other countries. The fact that we give women and men a fair trial separates us from other countries because it shows that we have a strong sense of what is right and wrong and we have faith in our justice system. If we send them straight to prison, we are spending citizen tax dollars to incarcerate them. If we do not give them fair and just treatment, we abuse our power and take basic rights away from human beings.

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    Yes, our criminal system is what separates us from other countries. The fact that we give women and men a fair trial separates us from other countries…

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  • Cori from Kentucky

    Yes, foreign combatants should be given the due process in the federal courts as U.S. Citizens. It is easy to look at the average character and crimes of these foreign combatants which typically include terrorists. Nevertheless, there are plenty of U.S. Citizens who commit similar crimes. The only way the United States government can remain true to the Constitution and consistent with its natural rights which apply to all humans, the government must provide the same rights to those who are not U.S> Citizens as those who are. To do otherwise would be hypocritical.

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    Yes, foreign combatants should be given the due process in the federal courts as U.S. Citizens. It is easy to look at the average character and crime…

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  • Ray from Kentucky

    I think that the foreign combatants should be given the same rights as U.S. Citizens in court because they are coming over to our country. Even though they are from a different country and are fighting against us, we should give them the same opportunity as our own people to plead their case, for they are humans too. Every human was born with natural rights so the process in federal court should be no different no matter what your situation is.

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    I think that the foreign combatants should be given the same rights as U.S. Citizens in court because they are coming over to our country. Even thoug…

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  • Hayden from Kentucky

    I think yes. If we are holding them in our prison, under charges that the United States said they did, then they should be processed then how we process our criminals. If we have system for processing criminals than why not use it? We should have enough confidence in our due processing and court system than we should try them. Our court system should do what is just and fair, and in accordance of how bad the offenses are. This is why we have our court system. Our court system is fair and just and will process these criminals the proper way. They have committed atrocities against the government, but if we are holding them for crimes we say they did, then we should process them in our court system.

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    I think yes. If we are holding them in our prison, under charges that the United States said they did, then they should be processed then how we proce…

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  • Jesse from Kentucky

    I believe that since all men and women are created equal, any crime committed in the US should be handled fairly. This is what our country was built on and not giving someone fair and reasonable treatment would be unconstitutional regardless of the crime.

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  • kenneth from Kentucky

    I definitely feel that when high level ISIS fighters are captured that they should face a fair trial and be sentenced by a military tribunal. They have committed crimes against the united states however that does not make them ineligible for basic rights.

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    I definitely feel that when high level ISIS fighters are captured that they should face a fair trial and be sentenced by a military tribunal. They hav…

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  • Tyler from Michigan

    “All men and women are created equal.”

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  • Zahra from Pennsylvania

    Yes — abusing foreign criminals makes the U.S. no better than the countries that those criminals come from. Guantanamo Bay isn’t directly stationed within the U.S, however, this doesn’t give the government free reign as to do whatever they want to criminals. A lot of the cases brought into Guantanamo Bay consists of citizens from other countries charged for just suspicion of terrorist activity. People interested in hearing some of these cruel and unusual punishments should read Mohamedou Slahi’s novel about Gitmo — a novel he published after he was released from the prison. It contains extreme detail of how prisoners were treated during their time there.

    However, this debate is whether or not prisoners should be given due process and humane treatment if they’re not U.S. citizens — and this applies to Gitmo. While they aren’t citizens, they’ve been taken under the U.S., and in our country there is a way and a system we follow that separates us from the rest of the world. This system is what makes our country unique — and if we begin to go astray from these ways, we’ll be no better than the countries that the criminals come from.

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  • Michael from Virginia

    I voted yes because I believe that the Bill of Rights’ protection of due process and humane treatment are invaluable to the judicial process and to the humanitarian mindset of the United States. The country was created to free and rid ourselves of tyrannical behavior, and put simply, treating enemy combatants with anything less than human decency and due process, is to act tyrannically

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  • Nora from Idaho

    The issue has been that Guantanamo Bay is in Cuba. The US owns this therefore, it is part of the US and the Writ of Habeas should be afforded these offenders. It is a part of due process. The government went way out of the perimeters of our laws such as torture that giving these people the rights Americans enjoy such as Writ of Habeas was the least of their problems.

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  • Robert from Virginia

    If a foreign combatant is captured, they should be given a fair trial. We are not like their countries. We fight wars for our freedoms, one of which being our freedom to a fair trial. It would look rather hypocritical of the United States to capture someone and then send them to someplace such as Guantanamo bay when that is one of the things we are fighting against: unfair systems. If the combatant is a terrible bad person who deserves to be locked up to rot away in a maximum security prison, than their fair trial will determine that.

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  • Genna from Kentucky

    Yes, I think that if you commit a crime in the US, then you should be prosecuted in the US. You should be given the same rights because they commited a crime along with everyone else on US soil and therefore, should receive the same rights as any other criminal.

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  • Carmen from Kentucky

    Yes, I believe that everyone should be given the right to a fair, speedy trial because even if they have committed a crime against the country, they are still human and should not have to wait years to hear their punishment. Not only is that not fair to them, but it also uses our tax dollars to keep them contained for such a long period of time.

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  • Isabella from Kentucky

    I believe we should offer the due processes because regardless of the crime it is a human’s right to an attorney and to refuse incriminating themselves. If we stress a right and freedom in our own government why would we not apply it to our own prisoners regardless of where they are from? A person is a person regardless the crimes they commit therefore they deserve their own rights.

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    • James from Colorado

      Your idea would be fine if they were guilty of garden variety crimes, however these terrorists are guilty of something much more heinous. They are enemy combatants committed to bringing down our system of governance and making us submit to Sharia law which is an anathema to our
      Constitutional Laws of our land. Do you want them to be able to gain victory when they go through a trial and then through some lawyer’s pusillanimous arguments are set free because people don’t understand their end game? They should be held until the war is over, and then released back to their own countries. Otherwise they get put right back in circulation again and we’re fighting them again, plus the fact their killing our countrymen again. An enemy combatant is a whole different classification than “criminal” and they do NOT deserve the same rights reserved for citizens of the United States who beak the law.

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  • rachel from Kentucky

    I think yes because everyone deserves a fair chance to get to go to court and get a fair punishment.

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  • Vic from Virginia

    Just because they are looked at as a higher power as regular citizen, they still committed a crime and no matter what at the end of the day there should be no excuse for the crime just because they are part of the government.

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  • bob from Alabama

    It’s jut not right

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  • Noah from Virginia

    When a foreign person comes onto American soil, they are subject to the rules and regulations of any American citizen. If a foreign combatant is taken onto American soil, why should they not get the exact same trial as a rule breaker of American citizenship?

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  • Naomi from Virginia

    Terrorists are enemies of the US, and should not be given the same rights as U.S. citizens. Even though all humans should be treated equally and deserve a fair trial under the U.S. courts, the terrorists who have caused unimaginable trauma and terror to the U.S. have lost the rights any human deserves. Committing acts of terrorism, portray the foreign combatants’ loss of humanity. Their inhumane actions have taken away any right that they have to a trial, as it is already known what terror they are responsible for and should be rightfully punished for.

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    • Summer from Colorado

      I totally agree with you Naomi. A criminal act against a countries people or government should definitely be handled differently.

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    • Caden from Colorado

      I 100 percent agree, Naomi. The people in question are, for lack of a better term, scum of the Earth, so why should they receive the same attention as a US Citizen in court?

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    • Hannah from Colorado

      I agree with Naomi in that terrorists and people attacking our country should not be given the same rights as U.S. citizens. I also understand the fact that all humans should be treated equally and deserve a fair trial, terrorists and foreigners who have wreaked havoc and cost many U.S. citizens their lives should not be given the same rights.

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    • Jake from Colorado

      I really like your point of terrorists, they are trying to hurt Americans and people who are fighting for Americans so they should not get the same rights as those Americans they are trying to hurt. If you are trying to kill Americans and terrorize the American people then you do not get the right of those american people.

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      I really like your point of terrorists, they are trying to hurt Americans and people who are fighting for Americans so they should not get the same ri…

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    • Jennifer from Colorado

      This is a great point. I definitely see where you’re coming from and it seems so obvious that these terrorist or foreign combatants shouldn’t be given the right that the citizens of America fought so hard for. It seems as if they are trying to destroy what we as a country have worked so hard to achieve, only to expect the same treatment and rights as us U.S. citizens have.

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      This is a great point. I definitely see where you’re coming from and it seems so obvious that these terrorist or foreign combatants shouldn’t be given…

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    • Carrie from Colorado

      Well said. While we can still treat them with the minimal respect all humans deserve (in a teaching kind of way “Treat others the way you want to be treated”) they shouldn’t deserve the same rights and freedoms that they took away from so many people.

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    • allie from Colorado

      I agree Naomi from Virginia, these people do not have the same right as U.S citizens, so they should not be given the same stuff U.S citizens do.

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  • Will from Virginia

    While it certainly could be argued that not giving foreign combatants the same due process rights as Americans citizens is unconstitutional, the foreign combatants raised their arms against the constitution and the USA, without even having the status of citizenship. The USA should take care of its own people’s matters before tending to those of others.

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    • M. from Colorado

      I agree, I think that the U.S. should take care of it’s own citizens first. That means protecting it’s citizens from foreign combatants. However, this does not give the government the right to torture others simply because they raised arms against our country. It’s important to remember that these foreign combatants think they are doing the right thing, much like we think we are doing the right thing as well. These foreign combatants, in my opinion, deserve a military tribunal WITHOUT any cruel/unusual punishments or being forced to reveal information through guerrilla tactics or forms of torture. They deserve rights, but I think a military tribunal is fair enough since they are not citizens.

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      I agree, I think that the U.S. should take care of it’s own citizens first. That means protecting it’s citizens from foreign combatants. However, this…

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    • GG from Colorado

      This is a very good argument and it changes my view on this topic in certain ways

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    • Shauna from Colorado

      I completely agree. The foreign combatants violated the U.S. laws so why should they be given the rights the laws provide? The United States protects the people first, so we should, therefore, protect the people’s rights; not give exceptions to them. I don’t think that not giving foreign combatants a federal trial is unconstitutional. They’re not a citizen so why should they be given the rights of the Constitution for a country they’re not even a part of? I 100% agree with what you said.

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    • Tess from Colorado

      I do agree with what you said about the USA needs to take care of matters into our own hands for our own people, but if we can make the lives of foreign people better then why not try our best and do what we cant to give these people a second chance.

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      I do agree with what you said about the USA needs to take care of matters into our own hands for our own people, but if we can make the lives of forei…

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  • Grace from Virginia

    Foreign Combatants should not get the same rights as US citizens because their purpose is to harm the US. So why would they get the same rights as the people they are trying to harm.

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    • Anna from Colorado

      I agree that if their just trying to hurt the United States that they don’t deserve the right to have the same due process in a federal court. They are not a U.S. citizen.

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  • Eddy from Virginia

    I do not believe that foreign combatants should receive the same due process treatment as a U.S citizen. At the end of the day, they are still the enemy and should be treated as any other war prisoner. The due process law states that all CITIZENS shall be granted due process.

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  • Dylan from New York

    Without a doubt Radical Islamic terrorism is the predominant national security threat. Foreign combatants should not be given the due process. They are enemies of war. Hence they should not revive due process. Terrorist are not people we want on our homeland or in prisons with everyday criminals. Part of the terrorism problem in France is petty criminals were being radicalized into terrorists. Having terrorists in the federal courts would only accelerate this. We also so know drug some drug cartels have ties to Hezbollah. A combination or drug cartels and terrorists in prison is a recipe for disaster. What happens if the terrorist escapes? They would be driving distance from a soft-target to attack. With terrorists in federal courts not only could terrorists be free on bail they would be protected by the Bill of Rights to withhold information they know about potential attacks. Did we try Nazi war criminals in federal courts? No we held the Nuremberg trials. So why would we grant this constitutional right to terrorists. In order to combat terrorism, terrorists must be kept off the battlefield. This is why we need Guantanamo Bay and enhanced interrogation methods such as waterboarding. Since January 2002, 779 terrorists have been brought to Guantanamo Bay. Guantanamo Bay is key to the War on terrorism. The United States gains priceless intelligence information from Guantanamo Bay by using waterboarding and enhanced interrogation methods. For example after 9/11 the United States captured Khalid Shaikh Mohammaed and found out valuable information that saved countless. The United States found out information about a terrorist plot to hijack an airplane using shoe bombs and the crash the plane into Liberty Tower in Los Angeles, California. The Liberty Tower is the tallest building in Los Angeles. The hijackers were going to be from Southeast Asia. This showed us Al Qaeda was recruiting in unexpected places. The United States also learned the addresses of members of Al Qaeda in the Middle East and Europe. According to the CIA and the Department of Defense waterboarding is an essential tool in combating terrorism that must be left if the table so it can be used when necessary. When terrorists are released from Guantanamo they go back to the battlefield. Nearly 30% of terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay go back to the battlefield. According to the House Homeland Security Committee 185 of the 647 Guantanamo Bay prisoners released went back to terrorist activities. These are the examples we know of. It is probably more because when we release these people they are often not found by the U.S. again, most likely back to working with terrorists again.

    Sources:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterboarding

    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/dni-confirmed-116-former-gitmo-detainees-returned-terror-or

    http://waterboarding.org/success_story

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newsweek.com/hezbollah-cocaine-smuggle-united-states-obama-751928%3famp=1

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  • Jacob from Virginia

    Terrorists are war criminals that have caused harm and committed crimes against the United States and its people. Therefore, they should not be granted the same rights as U.S. citizens in order to prevent them from slipping through the cracks and potentially causing further harm.

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    • Katelyn from Colorado

      I totally agree. Since they are war criminals they shouldn’t be treated as anything other than that, because if they are not treated like a threat, they could potentially becomes even more dangerous.

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    • Olivia from Colorado

      I agree with you that war criminals have the potential to “slip through the cracks” and “cause further harm”, but you could say the same about any American criminal. Just because they are not citizens of our country does not mean that they are any more dangerous or at any more of a risk to do further damage. We trust due process and the judicial system to make the right decision when it comes to American criminals, so what makes it any different for a foreign criminal? We should have the same rights for both wrong-doers.

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  • Sam from Virginia

    Terrorists should not be given the same rights as U.S. citizens because when they committed these crimes they hurt other American lives which endangers the integrity of America as a whole.

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  • Dowon from Virginia

    Due to my perspective, I believe that combatants of terrorist groups especially should not be granted the same process that U.S. citizens go through. Why? First off, terrorists of another country or in this case, all over the world does not necessarily mean that they are U.S. citizens. Secondly, they are no doubt a criminal that is not an official military soldier who fights for whatever country they serve. Consequently, the terrorists should be punished harshly for the sin that they caused to innocent people of our nation U.S.A. In this article, it was the Afghanistan, and ISIS whom was involved in a war with the U.S.A. These terrorist groups were sent to a place Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba without a trial. They are treated differently there, and Donald Trump recently decided to send couple ISIS members to the Guantanamo Bay. I do not think Donald Trump is doing wrong, it may seem unfair but they are no matter the case a criminal. If they are harming other nations, they should be well aware of consequences coming up ahead no matter what. Therefore in my opinion, there shouldn’t even be a debate about this. Thankyou.

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    • Jenna from Colorado

      When you say they should be punished for what they did against our nation. I think you should try to see it through their eyes. They see us as with anger and see us as intalopers in their nation. historically why should they trust western nations. Our cultures are so fundamentally different it’s hard to see through their eyes and vice versa. It might be interesting to try and think of this similar to the crusades in that to them this is a holy war. its religious to them and they are fighting for their religion. If you look at Syria and we see us arming rebels to fight against a government they dont want. But these people then turn in to terrorist with the weapons we gave them. We did this with the curds in Iraq. We didn’t want to risk american lives but we were OK with letting them die. Isn’t it possible they think we devalue their lives. So why should they value ours.

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  • Noah from Kentucky

    Terrorists are war criminals because then have breached the Geneva Convention Laws of war crimes “Extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly;” Thus, according to International Law, terrorists should not receive U.S. rights of a trial, but should be tried in an international tribunal. Similar trials were carried out on the Nazi’s after WWII and on the Serbian military after the Bosnian War. Terrorists by definition are war criminal and should be tried according to international law. The U.S. signed these treaties and has given the international community the right to try war criminals who commit offences against them.

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    • Nate from Colorado

      I agree with what you said, you provide logical evidence thats backed up by facts and i agree with how you explain that they are terrorists and go against everything the Geneva convention and how you state “terrorists should not receive U.S. rights of a trial”

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      I agree with what you said, you provide logical evidence thats backed up by facts and i agree with how you explain that they are terrorists and go aga…

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    • Maxwell from Colorado

      I agree with this statement very much. You were able to respond with a lot of facts which make it hard for other people to argue for the opposing viewpoint.

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    • Bailey from Colorado

      I completely agree with this point. An international tribunal allows all the countries of which the crime has been committed against to participate in the prosecution. This gives the all the victims more of a voice, it makes room for justice that matches the magnitude of the crime.

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    • kayla from Colorado

      I actually agree with your sound logic here, you’ve somewhat swayed certain parts of my view on this issue. You’ve made some very good points here, good job.

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  • Emma from Georgia

    POW’s or terrorists that are not U.S. citizens should not be treated as such.

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  • Jackson from Georgia

    no

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  • Xhonatan from Massachusetts

    It depends if they are legal or not. If they are illegal foreign combatants in the US, they should not have the same rights as everyone else.

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  • Teddy from Colorado

    I think they should not be given the same rights as US citizens because they are fighting against us and therefore should be given different and stricter policies.

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  • Summer from Colorado

    Wartime criminals should be processed through the military tribunal system. We should not afford them the rights of a U.S. citizen but they should have the opportunity to plead their case through an appointed counsel in order to avoid mistaken identity or false accusation.

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  • Gavin from Colorado

    I Don’t think enemies of our state should have the same due process as a U.S. citizen because they are not a citizen to begin with and don’t have the rights as one and they were also fighting against us, killing our troops and such, so no they shouldn’t be. Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t treat them like a human being, just not as one of our own. They are in fact still human, even after what they have done, but they just don’t deserve the same due process as a U.S. citizen.

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  • Karissa from Colorado

    I don’t think foreign combatants should be given a fair trial in the United States Federal Courts. It may be true that the United States is built around justice, freedom, and liberty, but the foreign combatants have caused terror to the United States and therefore exhaust their right to have a trial in the U.S. They should not receive any rights while in US territory, especially the right to a fair trial which is in our Bill of Rights, which comes with being a US citizen. Since they are not US citizens, and in fact, tried to attack the US, they should be severely punished and not granted any freedoms. By granting them a fair trial, it doesn’t show terrorists the power of the US and the terrorists aren’t afraid to attack the United States again. If foreign combatants try to attack the US, and are captured, their rights and liberties should be stripped away.

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  • Meredith from Wisconsin

    No because they are prisoners of war.

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  • Anthony from Illinois

    Anybody who devotes their life and service towards the downfall of an entire country and her people and her beliefs does not deserve due process in any country.

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  • Bailey from Colorado

    Foreign combatants who are captured have not only committed crimes against the United States, they have committed international crimes. Often, war crimes have been committed, or crimes against humanity; therefore, an international tribunal is necessary. War is different from normal crimes, there are hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people dying.
    They are not citizens of the United States, in fact they are against what the United States stands for and have little or no respect for our country or our laws. We have to put the safety and protection of our country first in cases of war.

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  • Caden from Colorado

    Not only are they not US Citizens, but they are also enemies of the country, so why would we give them more privileges when they have actively acted against the United States?

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    • Karissa from Colorado

      I agree with this statement, because since they are acting against the US, they shouldn’t be granted the right to a fair trial, because they aren’t US citizens and they are working against the US. By punishing the foreign combatants, it shows the power of the United States and how we will protect life, liberty, and property at any cost. Anyone outside the US who poses a threat to the US shouldn’t be given the rights that innocent US citizens have as well.

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  • Gianna from New York

    No, they should not be given an opportunity to be free they should be set the maximum sentence.

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  • Brad from Colorado

    No, Giving prisoners of war the same due process as US citizens is, in itself a complete waste of time and resources. Given the amount of Pow’s captured would mean to establish a facility to give them the same due process, resulting in much needed money going to a very minuscule problem. Not only would it be a waste of resources but a waste of time likewise, we would only expedite these “Due processes” to give the exact same outcome as would have before. POW’s are not a problem to spend more much needed resources on

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  • Shauna from Colorado

    If those who are not willing to abide by the laws of this country, why would they be given the rights of a U.S. Citizen if they have violated and abused those rights? If the laws give citizens their rights, what gives a foreign combatant rights to laws they contravene? They haven’t earned the right to be given the benefits of a U.S. citizen’s rights so they shouldn’t be allowed a trial in federal courts.

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    • Kelsey from Colorado

      I see your point about how if they have not followed the laws they don’t deserve the right to have a trial but there is a possibility that someone is receiving a punishment far worse than the crime they have committed and a trial could help decide that. Trials would also help to learn more about these terrorists and interrogate them to learn more about how to protect our country better from future attacks. The trial would not hurt anyone, it could even help the United States government.

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  • Allson from Colorado

    No. If they are terrorists and enemies of the US, they should not be given the same rights. We should not waste our time and money by putting them on trial.

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    • Franka from Colorado

      Sometimes the people that deserve the least compassion and mercy are those who need it the most. It also send a powerful message to answer a horrible act with an humane response, in my opinion that shows real strength and integrity.

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  • Ty from Alabama

    We need to focus on the U.S citizens not on what happens to a man who was trying to kill U.S troops our country comes before all else and we shouldn’t use the time and valuable resources that it will take to have a trial this man who isn’t even an American citizen.

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    • Audra from Colorado

      I can see where you are coming from. However, I do not think that we should skip over a trial so quickly in order to punish someone who “hurt” the U.S. before we look more into the situation. There are always two sides to every story and I think that all people, even if they are not from America, should have the right to be treated fairly until they are proven guilty.

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  • Carrie from Colorado

    I believe that since they are not a US citizen they do not deserve the rights and freedoms guaranteed to us. Especially since these people posed as threats to our country and it’s basic rights and freedoms they don’t deserve that kind of fairness. It’s not fair that some of these people killed loved ones in our country, it’s not fair that they are attacking our country, and it’s not fair for them to try and take our rights and freedoms away.

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  • kasey from Kansas

    no because they put our country in danger and if they do get fair trials then other incidents like 9/11 could possibly happen.

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  • Andrea from Virginia

    No, because terrorists are enemies. They shouldn’t be given equal opportunities as United States citizens.

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  • Mya from Virginia

    No. They are not United States citizens. they are prisoners of war. They do not have the rights granted to a united states citizen or a legal immigrant, or someone on a visa. They ahve also dne unspeakable things and a military tribunal is fair enough.

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    • Madelyn from Colorado

      Mya, while yes they are not U.S citizens, they are still humans. Humans with breathing bodies and souls, if we treat them as horrid as we have sometimes been treated than we would end up being the monsters we think they are. EVERYBODY should be entitled to a fair trial and a fair punishment- it would keep a promise in our constitution and keep the balances of justice fair.

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      Mya, while yes they are not U.S citizens, they are still humans. Humans with breathing bodies and souls, if we treat them as horrid as we have sometim…

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    • Adolf from Colorado

      This is just for people fighting for the other side of the war I doubt that a lot of them have done “unspeakable things” they’re just doing their job fighting for their country they deserve a fair trial for that.

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    • M. from Colorado

      I agree that they should not be given the same trial as a U.S. citizen, and I agree that a military tribunal is fair, but as long as they are not subject to torture or anything that is considered cruel or unusual as a punishment. I also disagree with you saying that they have “done unspeakable things,” because it’s only fair to remember that, chances are, they see us the same way that we see them. We each see each other as the enemy and are willing to defend our countries, so to automatically label them in such a way is wrong. However, because they are not citizens, I think a military tribunal WITHOUT torture, cruel/unusual punishments and prolonged holding periods is fair.

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    • Porter from Colorado

      I dont agree with this because I feel as if they are captured under our law and our rules it is only right if we treat them under our law and our rules.

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    • Holly from Colorado

      I disagree with the point about them having done unspeakable things, many people vastly different from Americans are sometimes labeled unfairly before even having the chance to be proven guilty. I believe that if someone is being tried under US laws, the trial should be held to the upmost standards that US citizens receive. Despite them being from foreign land, they are still humans that deserve fair treatment no matter what the circumstances. I just believe human rights trump citizenship.

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    • Ellie from Colorado

      I agree that if someone is confirmed and proven to be a terrorist, then they should be punished. I also agree that they should be tried internationally. However, I also believe that if the U.S. sent suspected terrorists to places such as Guantanamo Bay without giving them a proper trial, they could possibly be sending innocent people to prison. The U.S. was built on giving people their rights and freedoms, and if we decide to fight a war overseas, we should take into consideration the lives that are at stake not only for the U.S. but for the other side as well. If the U.S. is doing the capturing they should make sure that the people they do capture are confirmed to be terrorists, and the ones who are trying them are not biased.

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    • Kaelyn from Colorado

      I agree with Mya from Virginia as they are prisoners of war and do not have the same rights as us or even a legal immigrant.

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  • Emily from Virginia

    I believe torture and harsh methods are sometimes very necessary as putting citizens at risk because someone isn’t willing to open their mouth doesn’t seem fair or understandable at all. We as humans should all have a right to live in a safe and non-violent environment with our loved ones but much of the time in our real world, things aren’t always free or without sacrifice. I do understand there is a question of humanity and/or what goes too far but if you were to have to pick whether or not to torture someone who could say one word and save your family? I think anyone would give in to beat someone up to save them if possible.

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    • Adolf from Colorado

      We as a country are regarded as one of the more advanced powers in the world and for that we will be targeted no matter what but we should be setting examples of how even when dealing with the enemy we stick to our values of having a fair trial and treating people humanely so that other countries may try to do the same leading to the world being a better place for everybody.

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    • Maximus from Colorado

      Now Emily, while I totally agree that we have every right to live in a safe place, that’s just not practical in today’s day and age. Also, if we torture anybody who has already acted on us, are we any better than them?

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      Now Emily, while I totally agree that we have every right to live in a safe place, that’s just not practical in today’s day and age. Also, if we tortu…

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    • Teddy from Colorado

      I think in that case a lot of us are unaware of tortures existence in the US carried out on terrorists or their counterparts. It depends on the situation in my opinion whether the crime they committed was good enough for torture, but whether we like it or not our government carries out torture without anyone knowing.

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      I think in that case a lot of us are unaware of tortures existence in the US carried out on terrorists or their counterparts. It depends on the situat…

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    • Alaina from Colorado

      Why does it have to be all or nothing? Why can’t it be based on the person who is presented? I am not saying that there shouldn’t be those times for torture and harsh methods, but not all foreign soldiers are bad. I can see what you are saying, if there are people being put at risk because of an individual then they should be tired accordingly, but that doesn’t have to be everyone.

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      Why does it have to be all or nothing? Why can’t it be based on the person who is presented? I am not saying that there shouldn’t be those times for t…

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    • Bryanna from Colorado

      While I see your point Emily, I don’t think that keeping these people from a fair trial to potential torture them for information is a good idea. It is an open act of brutality and if that is how the U.S is represented nationally, then we just keep the culture of violence it creates around.

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      While I see your point Emily, I don’t think that keeping these people from a fair trial to potential torture them for information is a good idea. It i…

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    • josie from Alabama

      I definitely agree that we do deserve to live in a safe environment as americans as we have worked very hard as a nation to achieve these standards. And i am on the side of they should not be given the same rights but i do not agree with any sort of torture i think that is unnecessary and humane. The terrorists may have done inhumane acts but the US does not need to fall to that level and behave inhumanely in the acts of torture.

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      I definitely agree that we do deserve to live in a safe environment as americans as we have worked very hard as a nation to achieve these standards. A…

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  • Justin from Virginia

    I say yes, terrorists do have right to go to court and be tried because I believe in the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights protects every individuals opportunity to go to court which supports the humanitarian ideals of the United States. The United States was formed to escape old tyrannical ways, which you would be going against if you didn’t give them a fair trail. When there is no human decency and due process, you are embracing tyranny.

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    I say yes, terrorists do have right to go to court and be tried because I believe in the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights protects every individuals…

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  • Ian from Virginia

    As they are not US citizens, I do not believe that they should be given the same treatment as a citizen, and since they’re prisoners of war, enemies, there is no reason to give them better treatment than what is considered to be humane.

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    As they are not US citizens, I do not believe that they should be given the same treatment as a citizen, and since they’re prisoners of war, enemies, …

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  • Edwrad from Virginia

    I don’t believe that a foreign combatant that was on the opposing side should receive fair treatment in court because they are the enemy.

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    • Ellie from Colorado

      If we don’t give the supposed “enemy” a fair trial, how would we know for sure that they are guilty of the crimes the U.S. accused them of? I believe that if we want to show who the U.S. is supposed to be we should treat every man as equal, and that includes the people that we deem to be possible terrorists. This is because innocent people are sent to prison every day. Even though it is hard to see people from the other side as innocent, we have to take into account the lives of the people who were living just like us until terrorism threatened their homes. These people are not so different and I feel that if we do not give them a fair trial we are letting the United States down as a whole and not living up to our values and morals.

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  • Sorie from Virginia

    Foreign Combatants are not citizens of the U.S and should not receive the same fair trial as other citizens. Terrorists have destroyed and decimated thousands of lives through their attacks on numerous countries and deserve to get what ever punishment necessary to keep them out from causing too much harm. If these terrorists get due process on federal courts, then it would really affect the safety of U.S citizens because if they are released without being guilty, there’s no telling what they would do next behind our backs.

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    Foreign Combatants are not citizens of the U.S and should not receive the same fair trial as other citizens. Terrorists have destroyed and decimated t…

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  • Evan from Virginia

    I believe that a due process trial is not necessary for foreign prisoners of war. We already know what their crime was and they can be punished based on that. In addition, I believe that the constitution only guarantees due process to citizens of the United States.

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    I believe that a due process trial is not necessary for foreign prisoners of war. We already know what their crime was and they can be punished based …

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  • Daniel from Virginia

    Foreign combatants who are captured should not be given the same due process in federal courts as US citizens because they are terrorists who threaten the lives of our country. Any sort of leniency will only encourage terrorism to occur more frequently.

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    Foreign combatants who are captured should not be given the same due process in federal courts as US citizens because they are terrorists who threate…

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  • Ace from Virginia

    I think that foreign combatants should not be given the same due process as an American citizen because they posed a threat to the United States and through due process they might continue to threat the United States and its citizens.

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    I think that foreign combatants should not be given the same due process as an American citizen because they posed a threat to the United States and t…

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    • Savannah from Virginia

      Building upon your thought of following due process, I believe that there should be no problem giving foreign combatants a fair trial if they’ve truly committed a crime threatening the United States and it’s citizens.

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      Building upon your thought of following due process, I believe that there should be no problem giving foreign combatants a fair trial if they’ve tru…

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  • Will from Virginia

    Foreign Combatants should not receive the same due process as a US Citizen. Our law states that due process shall be granted to all citizens of the United States. We are treating these combatants as Prisoners of War. They are no different from any other prisoner of war we have captive. The truth is we are at war with these people, so we must treat them like war criminals.

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    Foreign Combatants should not receive the same due process as a US Citizen. Our law states that due process shall be granted to all citizens of the Un…

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  • Joe from Arkansas

    If they do not hail from America then they are the enemy. America!

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  • Cody from Kentucky

    These people are terroists and not citizens of the U.S. They should not be given the rights of citizens if they are in fact not members of our nation.

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  • Ashley from Kentucky

    Foreign prisoners of war should not be given the right of due process that U.S. Citizens receive. Not only are these prisoners foreigners, but they have taken part/believe in acts of terrorism against our nation. They do not need a court case to decide what should happen to them because they set their fate by partaking in the act against our country. They need to be held for their crimes.

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    Foreign prisoners of war should not be given the right of due process that U.S. Citizens receive. Not only are these prisoners foreigners, but they ha…

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    • Katelyn from Colorado

      Totally agree with this. If someone has taken acts of terrorism on our country they should not be treated as if they were a US citizen, because they don’t deserve that respect after doing what they did and should be held accountable for their actions.

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      Totally agree with this. If someone has taken acts of terrorism on our country they should not be treated as if they were a US citizen, because they d…

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  • Mia from Kentucky

    I believe that those captured should not be given due process, because they are not US citizens. But that being said the captured should not be given a harsh treatment. Trump Administration should find a way or process to try all those who are captured in a fair way to them and the US citizens.

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    I believe that those captured should not be given due process, because they are not US citizens. But that being said the captured should not be given …

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  • Eleanor from Indiana

    I do not believe terrorists should receive due process because they are not only a nationwide threat, but a world wide threat. Also, these specific terrorists are not members of the United States, so we have no obligation to give them the rights of a United States citizens. This then brings up the question of American citizen terrorists, who I also do not believe should receive due process because it is not just a matter of United States safety, but the well being of countries around the globe, which would then turn this matter to the United Nations rather than just one country.

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    I do not believe terrorists should receive due process because they are not only a nationwide threat, but a world wide threat. Also, these specific t…

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  • Leah from Kentucky

    I do not think that foreign combatants who are captured should be given the same due process in federal courts as U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens receive this right as a result of citizenship. These foreign combatants are working against the U.S.; therefore, they should not receive the same right.

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    I do not think that foreign combatants who are captured should be given the same due process in federal courts as U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens receive…

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  • Taylor from Kentucky

    I do not believe that enemy combats that were captured should be granted a fair federal trial. The fair federal trial is the rights given to US citizens and according to the fifth and fourteenth amendment, every citizen of the United States has the right of protected life, liberty, and property by the government. If someone is captured from a different country and brought in to the US, they are not protected by the Constitution and therefore should not be given the same due process in federal courts as US citizens.

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    I do not believe that enemy combats that were captured should be granted a fair federal trial. The fair federal trial is the rights given to US citize…

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  • Harmeling from Kentucky

    These people are not US citizens and should not be given the same rights as regular US citizens. After all the people that are sent here are accused terrorists, people that were looking to harm a great number of US citizens, so why should we allow them to have a chance to walk free.

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    These people are not US citizens and should not be given the same rights as regular US citizens. After all the people that are sent here are accused …

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    Foreign combatants who are captured should not be given the same due process in federal courts as U.S. citizens because they are not U.S. citizens and do not deserve the same rights as American citizens. If that “foreign combatant” was tried by jury and was set free, they could become a threat to the country and therefore harm other peoples’ rights.

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    Foreign combatants who are captured should not be given the same due process in federal courts as U.S. citizens because they are not U.S. citizens and…

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  • Sam from Kentucky

    Due process of law should be guaranteed to citizens of the United States, and especially should not be given to those who violate the security of those living here.

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    • Brad from Colorado

      Completely agree, there is no reason to give a non-US citizen the right to a Citizen’s due process when that very same Man’s intentions was to harm the security and freedom of a US citizen

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      Completely agree, there is no reason to give a non-US citizen the right to a Citizen’s due process when that very same Man’s intentions was to harm th…

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  • sarah from Kentucky

    I do not believe the Foreign Combatants should receive the same due process because they are not legal citizens and they have been captured for committing heinous crimes. I believe that our government should develop a new system to deal with that particular type of prisoner and have the system be separate from our own federal court system.

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    I do not believe the Foreign Combatants should receive the same due process because they are not legal citizens and they have been captured for commit…

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  • Thomas from Kentucky

    I feel that if someone is committing a crime in our country and disobeying the order we have set up here, then no, they do not deserve the same due process as a citizen of the states. They chose to do what they have done and since they are coming into foreign grounds intending to harm someone or something, they need to serve their consequences.

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    I feel that if someone is committing a crime in our country and disobeying the order we have set up here, then no, they do not deserve the same due pr…

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  • zach from Kentucky

    I feel that foreign combats should not be given the same rights as a U.S. citizen because of the actions that they commit. They commit these tragic actions on their own. They decided to do these such acts and it is inhumane to commit these actions. Terrorists think that if they kill themselves along with others, that they will be doing what God or Allah wants them to do. They are sick in the head and are insane. They don’t like U.S. citizens because they think that we don’t deserve to be free and they are mad that they are not free. Just because you are not free doesn’t mean that someone else can not be free. They chose the lifestyle that they live, it’s their fault that they are not free.

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    I feel that foreign combats should not be given the same rights as a U.S. citizen because of the actions that they commit. They commit these tragic ac…

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  • Bella from Kentucky

    I believe that foreign combatants who are captured should not be given the same due process as U.S. citizens. Because these people have put us Americans in danger, and if they have put us in danger they shouldn’t even be considered as a U.S. citizen. If they really wanted to be a part of our nation, they wouldn’t have put us in danger in the first place.

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    I believe that foreign combatants who are captured should not be given the same due process as U.S. citizens. Because these people have put us America…

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  • Ryan from Kentucky

    No, I think captured foreign combatants should not be given due process. They are not US citizens and therefore do not get the same rights we do. They are criminals of war which is a much more harsh crime and should not get the same treatment that a shoplifter gets in the USA . If we give these criminals due process, we are treating terrorist that are committing atrocities against US combatants the same as legal citizens which I do not think is fair.

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    No, I think captured foreign combatants should not be given due process. They are not US citizens and therefore do not get the same rights we do. They…

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  • Jack from Kentucky

    No, they should be treated differently because they do not have any respect for this country which is why they are doing all of these terrible things to our country. Therefore they should not be treated as though they are citizens of the country because they are not. In my opinion, they should be treated with respect but they should not be given a fair trial because if they do not respect our country, why should we respect them as a person.

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    No, they should be treated differently because they do not have any respect for this country which is why they are doing all of these terrible things …

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  • David from Florida

    UCMJ code applies as they are Military Combatants

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  • Jonathan from Pennsylvania

    Being a U.S. citizen gives one certain rights within out system which makes us a nation. Combatants captured on the battlefield are not citizens of the U.S. and should not be afforded the same rights as a citizen. Allowing this to happen will open up a dangerous trend and introduce a virus into our justice system and more specifically our prisons. This does not mean they are treated or held inhumanly.

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    Being a U.S. citizen gives one certain rights within out system which makes us a nation. Combatants captured on the battlefield are not citizens of th…

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  • Noah from Virginia

    No, I do not think that foreign combatants who are captured should be put under trial with due process as done in the United States because they are not U.S. Citizens. Since they are not U.S. citizens, the government should not have to give a trial and these groups usually do something that horrendous and ends up killing millions of people. Using the example from the introduction, talking about the 9/11 terrorist attack was an atrocity that killed so many people. Also by putting foreign combatants on due process it would mean that we are putting the U.S. citizens in danger.

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    No, I do not think that foreign combatants who are captured should be put under trial with due process as done in the United States because they are n…

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  • Brooke from Kentucky

    War combatants who have been convicted of a war crime against the United States and its citizens should not have the same rights as those citizens. Foreigners who are captured and convicted of a crime using clear-cut evidence do not deserve the right to a trial by jury, a lawyer, etc. They do not live here so they should be sent back to their country or imprisoned by the SDF. Any threat to the safety of the United States needs to be handled quickly and efficiently. There is no time for a trial. Our country is in serious danger and U.S. citizens need to come first at this point.

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    War combatants who have been convicted of a war crime against the United States and its citizens should not have the same rights as those citizens. Fo…

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  • Geena from Kentucky

    I do not believe that foreign combatants who are captured should be given the same due process in federal courts as US citizens because if they are going to attack our country, then they should not receive the rights our country has to offer. I think they should be sentenced by a military tribunal because if an enemy of our nation hurts or threatens us they do not deserve a fair trial. Our military is willing to sacrifice their lives for our country, so if some enemy comes and destroys apart of their/ our home, they deserve to be the ones who determine their sentence. Sometimes members of extreme terrorists are not US citizens so they definitely do not deserve the same rights.

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    I do not believe that foreign combatants who are captured should be given the same due process in federal courts as US citizens because if they are go…

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  • Morgan from Kentucky

    I think that foreign combatants who are captured should be given the same due process in federal courts just as U.S. citizens are because there are U.S. citizens who have committed major war crimes and got convicted, and they should. I do not see why it should be any different for any foreigner who convicts a war crime to be treated any differently because after all we are all people that just come from different places in the world. Unless, the foreign countries laws are different, then I think the government should compromise based off what the foreign government laws say compared to ours. From there, I feel that the government should be able to come up with a reasonable punishment for the criminal.

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    I think that foreign combatants who are captured should be given the same due process in federal courts just as U.S. citizens are because there are U….

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  • Paige from Indiana

    I believe that foreign combatants who have attacked the United States and deliberately attempted to tear down our country for their own purposes (may it be religious or cultural) should be tried with a military tribunal. Since they are not from the United States and want to cause harm to us in the first place, they technically should not have the right to be tried with our same justice system.

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    I believe that foreign combatants who have attacked the United States and deliberately attempted to tear down our country for their own purposes (may …

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  • Sarah from Kentucky

    Giving foriegn combatants the same rights as us is like giving them a second chance at freedom and to fianlly get away and do what they’re best at; which is killing. Therefore I do not think we should give them the same rights as U.S. citizens, insted make them suffer for a long time and take on a harsh punishment.

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    Giving foriegn combatants the same rights as us is like giving them a second chance at freedom and to fianlly get away and do what they’re best at; w…

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  • Olivia from Kentucky

    No, foreign combatants who are captured should not be given the same due process as us. It is not only wrong but it is not fair to us Americans who have to have our process elongated so that they can have there’s shortened. I believe that they should be punished by the military since they captured them. The military captured them so they will know what punishment is deemed necessary for them. If they are given the same due process as us citizens then we would be at an unfair disadvantage.

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    No, foreign combatants who are captured should not be given the same due process as us. It is not only wrong but it is not fair to us Americans who ha…

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    I don’t think that foreign combatants should be given the same due process that federal courts give U.S. citizens. I believe this because it was their choice to fight against the U.S. and this is what they get if they get caught. They were the ones who decided to fight against and try to heut the U.S.. We need to set an example and show no mercy in fighting these types of people. We need to take a stand and bring power to our government.

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    I don’t think that foreign combatants should be given the same due process that federal courts give U.S. citizens. I believe this because it was their…

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    The people that try to ruin or destroy our country should not be able to have a due process once captured. US citizens have the rights from the Constitution for a fair and speedy trial and multiple ones if you would like. Foreign combatants are people not from this country, thereby should not have the same rights as us. Most of the time they are terrorists or other radical groups trying to prove a point or scare us. To show that we are not scared or can handle them, not giving them the rights as we the people shows we can defend ourselves.

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    The people that try to ruin or destroy our country should not be able to have a due process once captured. US citizens have the rights from the Consti…

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  • Rachel from Kentucky

    I vote no, because people that do not belong in our country and form an attack on our country, should not be able to have a say in court. If they put many United States citizens in dangerous and/or kill them, then they should be punished without court ordered.

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    I vote no, because people that do not belong in our country and form an attack on our country, should not be able to have a say in court. If they put …

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  • Josh from Kentucky

    I believe strongly that those who are captured by our nation our against our nation. This means that they are against our country and civilians. The war crimes committed against our country incriminates those who have acted. There should be no speedy trial, no lawyer provided, and no due process rights. They are not for us, but against us. They should not get the benefits nor care that our country provides. They have put themselves in the situation at hand, they chose to fight against the morals of humanity, now they must be brought to justice the way they deserve.

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    I believe strongly that those who are captured by our nation our against our nation. This means that they are against our country and civilians. The w…

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  • Adriel from Virginia

    No, foreign combatants may pose an immediate threat to U.S. soldiers or even citizens. They must be captured and interrogated for the sake of our people. These are enemies who are trying to destroy the U.S through acts of terrorism. It would be inappropriate to give them the same rights as time is scarce when dealing with such dangerous enemies. Innocent people may be wrongly captured, however, it’s a price of war that must be paid for our safety. Unfortunately, war is messy, and there will be innocent victims in any war.

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    No, foreign combatants may pose an immediate threat to U.S. soldiers or even citizens. They must be captured and interrogated for the sake of our peop…

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  • Brendan from Virginia

    From a legal standpoint, due process is the right of a citizen and thus shouldn’t be granted to those who are not citizens. From a moral standpoint, I believe those who are terrorists should especially not be given due process because it could, in a sense, encourage terrorism. Being captured and given due process could be seen as a way to get out of serious offences against the US and could potentially increase the magnitude of what terrorism is now.

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    From a legal standpoint, due process is the right of a citizen and thus shouldn’t be granted to those who are not citizens. From a moral standpoint, I…

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