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Patriotic Confusion


Down below, Jonah quotes two prominent libertarians on the state of liberty in America: “Under no circumstances should an American be held captive in the US indefinitely, with no charges filed and no legal representation afforded. Yet this has happened under the Patriot Act.” I didn’t know that Patriot allowed this sort of thing. I called the Justice Department, and they’re not aware that it does either. Two American citizens have been held as enemy combatants for the duration of hostilities, and whether that is accurately characterized as “indefinitely” can be debated. But that has nothing to do with the Patriot Act.