Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Justifiable Outrage

Ron Bailey at Reason has stepped away from looking at science issues for the last couple of days and is doing a bang-up job exposing the disgraceful disregard for civil liberties currently infecting the government. He rightfully criticizes the secret trials proposed by the Bush administration for dealing with terror suspects. A former Navy lawyer summarizes these trials like this:

"We know you're guilty. We can't tell you why, but there's a guy, we can't tell you who, who told us something. We can't tell you what, but you're guilty."

This is what stands for due process these days? An outraged Bailey adds:

Is the Bush Administration taking a cue from how the People's Republic of China conducts secret national security trials? The two Congressional committees hearing testimony today on this scandalously un-American proposal should hold Administration officials in contempt of Congress for violating their oaths to defend the Constitution and toss them in jail.


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