Thursday, December 22, 2005

Appeals court denies US attempt to move Padilla case | csmonitor.com

In a strongly worded opinion that rebuked the Bush administration, a federal appeals court has refused a request from the Bush administration to authorize the transfer of "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla into Justice Department custody to face new criminal charges. The Washington Post reports that the three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit wrote that the government's actions have left "the impression that Padilla may have been held for these years, even if justifiably, by mistake," and that this hurts the government's "credibility before the courts."

Again - this administration doesn't understand what it means to be an American citizen. Citizens have rights guarenteed to them under the Constitution: these rights are not there simply at the convenience of the government. They are OUR rights.

I'm not a terrorist apologist: but every citizen deserves his day in court. That's the way the system works...

I didn't agree with the 'enemy combatant' thing for American citizens, and now -- after holding someone for 3+ years -- they want to bring criminal charges. So now if he's a criminal, what were the past 3 years?

If someone has committed a crime, charge them - present the evidence and go to trial. If you don't have evidence, you can't hold them (for extended periods anyway) -- not in a free society. To believe otherwise is to advocate the dissolution of the very foundation of a our system of government.

1 comment:

jj said...

Remember when Bush first proposed the "enemy combatant" status it was to never to be applied to Americans.

The thought that an American can be picked up and held without charge or counsel for years on end reminds me of the Russian KGB and the horror stories about the treatment of prisoners that would just disappear.

At least we dont torture like they did...............hmmmmm