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Lindsey Graham:

"In every war, Americans have joined the enemy forces. In every other war when they do so that is considered an act of war, not a common crime," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a former military lawyer who called Feinstein's amendment a "disaster."

"What they're trying to do is say if you can find an American who is trying to help Al Qaeda, you can't hold them for military interrogation to find out what they're up to," Graham said. "You have to read them their rights and treat it as a common crime ... I think it will make us less safe."

Graham suggested a major problem with shielding Americans from the military system is that it would become an enticement for Al Qaeda to use citizens to carry out attacks, on the theory that they could get lawyers before divulging details to military interrogators.

"I think what you would actually be doing is actually encouraging the enemy to find American citizens," he said. "You would make an American operative much more valuable to Al Qaeda."


On that point, at least, Graham agreed. "I think I won't live to see the situation where radical Islamists are not threatening the United States," he told The Huffington Post. "I think one day they will be defeated, but it's not going to happen any time soon."

Graham also said the authority that allows for indefinite detention should stand until that time.