Quote from John Ashcroft, as part of his prepared statement
"To those who pit Americans against immigrants, citizens against non-citizens, to those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve," ...
"They give ammunition to America's enemies and pause to America's friends. They encourage people of good will to remain silent in the face of evil. "
Here's the executive order if you want to see it.
So, taking a risk of aiding and abetting the enemy let me pose a question.
Why are only noncitizen's covered by this order? The constitution doesn't differentiate in describing the right to a fair trial. Now obviously Ashcroft would never approve of dividing citizen's and noncitizen's for political reasons, so therefore... All Al Qeada members in America must be noncitizen's, wow, that'a reassuring.
Now it's been said we need these courts because we are facing a new breed of criminal, one that has declared war on the U.S. One that our horribly weak justice system can only handle if it can use secret trials, military juries, low standards of evidence, secret evidence, and accept non unanimous verdicts.
Oh, and we have to do away with that annoy innocent until proven guilty idea. After all, how else could we justify a justice system that presumes the people who are arrested are enemies of the United States and thus don't deserve protection. Course, we can probably rest easy knowing that our president, and our justice department, would never make a mistake.....
It may be necessary to curtail civil liberties to win this fight, Ashcroft however has shown no understanding of the complex trade off's and apparently won't or can't read the orders he issued or the actual text of the critiques. Fortunately our 'paused allies' are listening, and they're demanding fair trials, go Spain!
Ashcroft has shown himself to be unworthy of the posistion of Attorney General. If Bush wishes to continue with these tribunals he should find a worthy advocate.