Below is a response to the recent comments I received from you:
Dear Mr. Mayfield:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the role of the courts and the Department of Justice in the prosecution of the Global War on Terror. I appreciate hearing from you and would like to take this opportunity to respond to your concerns.
As you know, the Global War on Terror is unlike any other conflict our nation has fought before. It has presented our country with many unprecedented and difficult choices. Among them is the ability to balance our desire to treat all people with dignity and our need to prevent future terrorist attacks.
A recent decision by the Supreme Court, Boumediene v. Bush,
has complicated matters further.
the Court held, 5-4, that aliens designated as enemy combatants have the same rights as American citizens. Never before have enemy combatants been given such
expansive rights. The lower courts and the Department of Justice are now struggling to adapt to this surprising decision.
You can be assured that as the debate about terror detainee treatment continues, I will be guided by this principle: the strength of America depends on the careful preservation of its values, and terrorist detainees should be afforded an appropriate legal process. This, however, does not mean that foreign terror suspects should be afforded the same rights and process as American citizens enjoy in our own courts.
Again, thank you very much for sharing your opinions with me. If you have any additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. In addition, for more information about issues and activities important to Florida, please sign up for my weekly newsletter at http://martinez.senate.gov
United States Senator
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