To Stop Terrorism, Detain Potential Terrorists

There are two major reasons why fifteen years after September 11, the United States still almost never detains individuals in the United States who—indicators show—may commit terrorist acts. One such reason is spelled out in a brilliant, seminal article by Adam Klein and Benjamin Wittes, published in the Harvard National Security Journal. They point out that Americans hold on to a myth that detaining someone without charging them is a major violation of their most basic rights; the term habeas corpus often jumps to mind. Most people believe that when someone is arrested, he or she must either be brought before a judge and charged within twenty-four or forty-eight hours, or released. Furthermore, any mention of detention without being charged brings to mind the gross injustices inflicted on Japanese Americans during World War II.

  • Frances

    Here in Canada, was the treatment of the Japanese-Canadians during WW II really any worse than the detention of Ukranians (and others from the Austro-Hungarian Empire) during WW I? As far as Japan was concerned, all Canadians of Japanese ancestry were considered Japanese, and would be expected to answer the Emperor’s call should Japan invade Canada. Further, there were suspicions that some Japanese-Canadian fishermen, under guise of their regular activities, were sounding the Inland Passage so as to provide navigational maps to an invading army and its accompanying naval force.

    During WW I, Japanese-Canadians fought and died alongside other Canadians; there is a memorial to their sacrifice in Stanley Park. Sadly, some of these vets were among those deported to inland camps during the WW II hysteria. I rather think the removal of the Japanese Canadians from the west coast was reasonable given the attitude of the Japanese government; the subsequent forced seizure and sale of all their assets was definitely not, and was done to enrich the cronies of the BC government of the time.

  • Shebel

    Kind of difficult to disagree with you. It is all true.
    Are you attempting to compare WW2 and the never ending onslaught of Islam?

  • Shebel

    Locking up the Japs – was not as bad as the Stealing of their possessions.
    Did you ever figure out whom the thieves were ?

  • infedel

    Islam brought war to the West for 1400 years…it is no longer a conventional war as they know they cannot win… it is a koran jihad…ban it and exile all for self preservation…the nwo multiculti does not work….we have thousands of years of proof.

  • simus1

    The internment of the Japanese community in Canada after Pearl Harbour had no national security basis. It was a decision taken to forestall the need to expend huge amounts of scarce resources to protect them from a racial firestorm if they remained on the coast. The secondary reason, to demonstrate that the government was actively doing something, anything, at a time when the war was going from bad to worse.

  • infedel

    To stop terrorism ban islam and its illegal migration to the West.

  • Jim Horne

    If the advance of Islamic terrorism in the west is to be turned back then our political class will have to come to the realization that Islam is an ideology of war. Can anyone see that happening here in sunny ways Canada?