Saturday, November 13, 2010

Trial Rights Subject to Congress?

The administration has concluded that it cannot put Mohammed on trial in federal court because of the opposition of lawmakers in Congress and in New York. - excerpt from The Washington Post

Note to Anne E. Kornblut and Peter Finn:

Congress has no say on who should be tried and who should be indefinitely contained. In order to remove trial rights which inconvenience law officers it must suspend the writ of habeas corpus which protects all of us.
It has not, to date, done so.

If President Barack Obama, like his predecessor George W. Bush, thinks he can detain a criminal suspect for the indefinite future, he should be forced to say so. The president should not be allowed to pin his broken campaign promise on Congress.

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