Thursday, May 9, 2013

Are new laws needed to deal with terrorism?

Now that I have defined terrorism (in somewhat layman terms if it is possible), I come to the question if we need additional laws to deal with it. Although the Boston bombing suspect is a U.S. citizen and has been treated as such but he is charged under domestic laws which I believe ( I may be wrong about the laws) should not be the case. He has activity engaged in a activity which is detrimental to the U.S. security so he should have been dealt with laws which are more strict and less rights like under military laws. Now a majority of people would not disagree with me but this is the new kind of war for which the domestic (read old civilian laws) are not ready. We ought to make new laws with this new kind of war that is being imposed on us which we are not used to. Although the new laws would have to be made by law makers, but we really need to revisit some of the laws that are applied to common criminals like reading of their rights, availability of the lawyers because in these cases vital information needs to be extracted to prevent further violence by their accomplices (if they have any we would not know until we find out without getting handicapped in the legalities of the arrest). We should not pretend that if they are U.S. citizens and have done horrible things on the U.S. soil then they should be treated with dignity. New War, New Laws period.

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