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Statement from Gen. Eaton: McCain-Levin Deal on Detainees Neither Desirable Nor Desired

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Press Release Washington, D.C. 15 November 2011

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Reports from Washington today suggest a deal has been negotiated between Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) regarding controversial detainee provisions in the 2012 defense authorization act. Experts suggest however that the deal fails to resolve the key problems in the legislation regarding indefinite detention, mandatory military custody of terrorism suspects and stringent restrictions on the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

In response, Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Ret.), NSN Senior Adviser who served in Iraq as Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), issued the following statement:

"The militarization of our justice system is neither illustrative of American values nor desired by military leaders. Instead, it undermines the capabilities of our superb civilian law enforcement professionals who are successfully fighting terrorism and gives undue ‘warrior' status to the criminals who choose to attack us. It appears that this deal resolves neither the principles at stake nor the practical questions around assigning the U.S. military full responsibility for terrorism suspects."

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