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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pro: Plea Bargain

According to Ken Gude in his January 2010 article on the American Progress Website points out some interesting points regarding Plea Bargains. What he points out is that plea bargains have been used to help the US get information on terrorist activity. What is more interesting is that, most terrorists are likely to give  information away to the US in exchange for information regarding other terrorist organizations. One specific example he shows is the drone strike that led to the killing of an Al- Qaeda leader. Plea Bargains have not only been instrumental with regards to domestic issues, but also in foreign affairs as well.
  Ken Gude, January 2010, Criminal Courts Are Tougher on Terrorists than Military                                                Detention

When analyzing things in the American System, specifically the justice system, most people automatically think that it could have no impact foreign issues. But at the point in which the US is gaining more information from terrorists with the use of Plea Bargains compared to the success rate of Military Detention Centers (ex: Guantanamo Bay) it becomes imperative that the US continue the policy of using Plea Bargains to help protect US citizens. While most people would not want terrorists to have shorter sentences, they are overlooking the sentence length, but most importantly that these terrorists would never give information that saves American lives, had it not been for Plea Bargains. We must continue the policy of allowing terrorists to redeem themselves so that the US can expand its intelligence and continue its promise to protect its citizens.


  1. Interesting point Oliver. The help of captured terrorists does help our country through plea bargaining, but what if the information they give us is false? Are there repercussions for the terrorists who've led our men into an attack? I, honestly, am still opposed to plea bargains as they do offer easy ways out for many people. Maybe there should be a set of rules on how and when to use plea bargains and which cases should even be allowed the idea of a plea bargain. Terrorist information does help our country in the short term, but do we really want to be listening to people who tried to attack our country before we caught them? Good posting Oliver!

    Nicole Holzer

  2. Oliver, I mostly agree with Nicole's comment. The terrorist that are being captured doesn't help the country's Plea Bargaining. I also still am against plea bargains to an extent. Have you ever thought about the terrorist after they have been caught? You would think that there would be more than the ones you caught and you would also not know what they were specifically going after. This might help us from something getting destroyed that day but, how do you know whats going to happen the next. When you write again maybe put some more intriguing facts, but over all good work.

  3. This article really got me thinking. On one hand plea bargains are a very useful tool for the U.S. in these types of situations, but as Nicole said what happens if the information given is false? I feel as though this tactic is faulty in some aspects, but very helpful at the same time. My opinion on plea bargains has gone back and forth, given the different situations they were used. Great job Oliver!