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Should the American Taliban soldier be charged?

Asked at Free State Brewery on December 28, 2001

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“I think, first, that people should stop being armchair psychologists. I think it’s ridiculous that everyone is asking ‘How can an American do such a thing?’ like it’s a freakish act. I think he should be treated like the rest of the prisoners of war.”

“From what I know about it, it sounds like the reason he was in Afghanistan was a choice of faith … and politics was secondary. To prosecute someone on that basis seems unfair.”

“He shouldn’t be charged with treason for sure. He was just a California flake, and he went over there seeking adventure.”

“I believe he committed treason. He’s aiding and abetting our enemy.”

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