Pentagon lawyer warns of militarized approach to counter terrorism

Source: Wash. Post

The Pentagon’s general counsel warned Tuesday against the “over-militarization” of the country’s approach to counterterrorism and said Congress should avoid micro-managing how terrorist suspects are detained and prosecuted.

“There is risk in permitting and expecting the U.S. military to extend its powerful reach into areas traditionally reserved for civilian law enforcement in this country,” Jeh Johnson said in a speech at the Heritage Foundation. “The military should not and cannot be the only answer.”

Johnson in particular criticized a series of detention provisions in the House and Senate versions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.

One measure in the Senate version of the bill would mandate the military custody of any member of al-Qaeda or an affiliated organization, or anyone involved in planning an attack on the United States. It would not apply to U.S. citizens. The provision is not limited to people captured overseas, and Johnson said it could force federal law enforcement officials to turn over suspects to the military.

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3 responses to “Pentagon lawyer warns of militarized approach to counter terrorism

  1. yes so it should be i got loved ones in u s a and they got children gran children i am on youtube google yahoo i been in a flat give to me by a nother women forced to drink and beaten ok and hope to say in sane i see u s a one day love peace to all and races of people xxx

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