Wednesday, November 22, 2006


"Well, it's not like he's another David Koresh"

Janet Reno has been a notable exception to Clinton-era officials’ ongoing criticisms of the current administration. That is, until today…Reno Joins Criticism of Anti-Terror Strategy

The first paragraph lays out the problem…as post writer Dan Eggen sees it:

Former attorney general Janet Reno has taken the unusual step of openly criticizing the Bush administration's anti-terrorism strategy -- joining seven other former Justice Department officials in warning that the indefinite detention of U.S. terrorism suspects could become commonplace unless the courts intervene.”

She then went onto expound on her Waco Doctrine whereby any trampling of constitutional rights is reserved for enactment against only US citizens and only when they participate in non-Muslim religious cults.

…well she might have…had Mr. Eggan asked her.

There are some legitimate legal issues here since Mr. Marri was here in the US legally and was arrested on US soil. Fair enough. And this administration isn't exactly batting a thousand in its handling of the Constitution (i.e. - McCain-Feingold) But when it comes to handling suspected terrorists, I believe theirbehaviour has been fair and appropriate...and that their reading of the law on this is correct. Moreover. whatever the fallout from this case, one Qatari national (which we later learn is what we’re talking about here) 5 years after 9/11 is hardly the final nail in the Constitution’s coffin.

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