Crossing a Moral Line: Long-Term Preventive Detention in the War on Terror


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Alec Walen
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
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It is often argued that suspected terrorists captured in the war on terror can be detained just the same way captured enemy soldiers can: until the relevant war is over. But there is a deep disanalogy between suspected terrorists and captured enemy soldiers. Soldiers cannot be held accountable for the use of force , whereas terrorists normally can. Detaining people who can be held accountable as if they cannot is crossing an important moral line, sacrificing the rights of the individual for the welfare of the whole
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