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February 11, 2005

Lynne Stewart: The Price We Pay For Our Scruples

I have hesitated to write about the issue of judicial review of our detention of terror suspects. It is not that I am blind to the possibities of abuse, nor the plight of those who may be wrongly accused.

But we have also seen both cases of suspects released from detention who rejoined the enemy to fight against us, and (predictably) attorneys willingly playing courier for their terrorist clients.

I want this country to do the right thing. Not to become that which we are fighting. But there has got to be some middle ground.

And I have to ask myself the age-old question: will it take another 9/11 for us to wake up and smell the coffee?

And it's not just innocent civilians who pay that price. Fifteen hundred men and women have laid their lives on the line, and ten thousand more may never be completely whole again due to the events of that awful day. As they labor to build up the walls that protect us, are we at home punching holes in the ramparts as fast as we can?

We ask a lot of them, these men and women of our armed forces, and they do not complain. They have never complained.

Let us hope they do not pay too high a price for our scruples.

Posted by Cassandra at February 11, 2005 09:03 AM

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You know, after I read about her conviction, I
cheered. Not because she defended her client, but
because she HELPED HIM. Finally, we are standing up and saying that to give aid and comfort to America's enemies is to get yourself punished.

It is about freakin' time. I have no quarrel with him getting a FAIR trial, but not a poster child for his cause.

Posted by: Cricket at February 11, 2005 10:11 AM

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