Tough Choice: Due Process Vs. Dark Hole

by
Abby Zimet

Thanks be to the ACLU for once again reminding us that the Constitution "is
not optional." They've slammed
four Senators - Yo Joe! - for criticizing the Obama administration's
decision to charge
accused Christmas Day attacker Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in the
criminal court system and afford him its rights, thus obeying the
Constitution, rather than throwing him into a dark hole first for interrogation. They call the choice of the Constitutional route "a serious error...as perplexing as it is dangerous,"
which is kind of how we view their oblivious disregard for the rule of
law. The last administration tried that, didn't they?

"Terrorism is a crime, and to treat terrorism that
takes place far from any battlefield as an act of war is to propose
that the entire world is a battlefield," said ACLU director Anthony
Romero. "It is extremely disturbing that members of the U.S. Congress
are
essentially calling for Obama administration officials to discard the
Constitution when a terrorist suspect is apprehended - as if the
Constitution should be applied on a case by case basis. The whole idea
of having constitutional protections is that they be applied across the
board for all those accused of a crime. Obeying the Constitution is
not optional."

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