Thursday, December 18, 2003
AMERICAN CITIZENS STILL HAVE RIGHTS! So says the Second Circuit Court about the case of Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen detained in military court on terrorism charges. This was, in my estimation, one of the more egregious excesses in the war on terrorism. I am firmly in the camp of those who believe that all American citizens, even those accused of treason and terrorism, are still protected by constitutionally-guaranteed rights. That the court ruled this way is a good sign. That it took so long for the case to be resolved and that it was an issue in the first place is a cause for continued vigilance and caution.