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Are Military Courts Soft on Terrorism? – The Atlantic

On December 21, 2011, the Atlantic featured an opinion piece by Wendy Kaminer, an author, lawyer and civil libertarian.

In her piece, Kaminer notes the stark contrast between Article III courts and military commissions on terrorism cases.  Kaminer cites to a study conducted by the Center for American Progress, which stated that "Two of the three individuals convicted on material support charges in military commissions have already been set free…while criminal courts dole out much longer sentences of at least 15 years."

Ultimately, Kaminer concludes that "civilian courts have produced more convictions and longer sentences than military commission cases in terrorism cases."  Special reference is made to the recent conviction of Tarek Mehanna to note that in the civilian criminal justice system, "federal prosecutors wield formidable power." 

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