Supreme Court hopeful Michael Luttig ruled today that American citizens are not entitled to their Constitutional rights if the President says so. The war on terror is a war on due process.
Jose Padilla may very well be everything that the Bushies say he is, but the only evidence we have of this is that they say so. A trial in which evidence is offered and challenged in open court could decide this issue. However, the government --presumably due to lack of evidence -- has refused to even charge Padilla with a crime.
Luttig doesn't really see the need. If the President says he's a bad guy, that's good enough for Luttig. If they President says you're a bad guy, well I guess you too can be held in prison without charge until the end of time.
These are the people running our country, and all the brave men and women who fought and died for our liberty for 200 years are just out of luck. Sept 11 changed everything. Well, everything about liberty-- apparently it changed nothing about protecting Americans from catastrophe.
And lets assume that Padilla is everything the Bushies say he is. Why wasn't he tailed from the time he entered the country to see if he had Al Qaeda contacts, who they were, what were their resources and capabilities, who funded them, etc. Otherwise known as basic police work.
We'll never know if Padilla was Al Qaeda and had the contacts and capabilities to build a dirty bomb and how many thousands or millions of Americans are in peril because of this debacle?
Perhaps covering up this utter failure to protect America is their real motivation.
If you're not sickened by this, you're not paying attention.