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Terror detentions deserve time limits

Richard H. Pildes argues in The Washington Post on Sunday, October 10, 2010 that "terror detentions deserve time limits."

Pildes argues that "some system of detention, as in more traditional wars, is inevitable." However, countering his colleague Jack Goldsmith, in Goldsmith's article "A way past the detention gridlock," Pildes believes that no system of detention is sustainable without time limits. To that end, there are two options for dealing with the problem. First, the President or the President and Congress could establish fixed-length terms of detention based on the underlying acts or the United States could create a credible system of periodic hearings to determine whether a detainee should continue to be held. Pildes proposes that these two approaches could be combined to ensure even greater legitimacy. 

For the full text of his proposal in the Post, click here

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