Do Terrorists Get Due Process? Maybe

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Does the American government have the right to arrest terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them in military custody indefinitely? No one’s quite sure, and Thursday night the Senate refused to clarify the matter. The Senate voted 99-1 in favor that the new defense bill “does not affect existing law” on the issue at hand — even though nobody knows what existing law is.

We make clear that whatever the law is, it is unaffected by this language in our bill,” said Senator Carl Levin, who seems have a strange notion of what it means to make something clear.