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Joe Sestak Doubles Down on Trying Enemy Combatants in Civilian Courts

5:28 PM, May 26, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Yesterday, a Pennsylvania TV station reported that Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak still supports trying enemy combatants at Gitmo in U.S. civilian courts:

At the beginning of the year, Sestak said he could support trying 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Pennsylvania and that he supported reading Miranda rights to foreign terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Around the same time, one of Scott Brown's top advisers told reporters that "terrorism and the treatment of enemy combatants" was a "more potent" issue than health care in the Massachusetts Senate race. So while siding with the Obama administration on these issues may have been smart in a Democratic primary, it seemed potentially suicidal in a general election--the first thing he'd want to flip-flop on after beating Specter. But it looks like Sestak is sticking to his principles that enemy combatants should have all the rights of U.S. citizens in a civilian court.

While Sestak is currently being dogged by questions over whether he lied about a White House bribe or is protecting the official who tried to bribe him, his progressive position on enemy combatants could end up hurting him a lot more in November.

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