Sen. Graham Says Some Detainees Should Never Be Free

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Republican senator is appealing to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor to recognize the nature of the enemy as the country considers how to prosecute detainees from the war on terror.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told Sotomayor that some of the detainees, if released, will "try to kill us all." He said some of them "deserve to be in jail until they die."

Graham says he hopes a "rational system of justice" for the detainees emerges. But he said the focus needs to be not just on the nation's values, but also on the unprecedented threat it faces.

He concluded by telling Sotomayor that members of the House and Senate can't be commander in chief, and that "unelected judges can't run the war."

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