Presidential candidate John McCain suggested that the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Habeas Corpus for the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay was, “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country”, I agree with George Will's assessment. I would also say the implications of the infringement on free political speech, as defined in McCain Feingold, is as concerning as the current Supreme Court decision. As George Will points out, we must always balance the governments power to detain people indefinitely. What George Will calls "The Most Fearsome Power".
Although I have faith in the military, like any government organization, there is an opportunity to over step their bounds. I don't believe these terrorists should have access to our civilian courts but I would like to see a military tribunal determine the status of each prisoner being held to quell the critics that suggest "innocent victims" are being held without just cause. My gut says that they are holding the most dangerous of our enemies. In that vein we need to make sure they don’t end up being brought here to stand trial. I am still gathering more details but I trust George Will’s instincts about having some oversight.
The point here is where is the outrage against McCain Feingold? He has sponsored and has passed legislation that limits our speech at the most critical time; during an election. I believe this needs to be pointed out. As for his presidential contender, Barrack Obama, he has not shown he deserves his Harvard Law degree. He actually compared the Nuremberg trials to support this decision, not understanding it was an International Tribunal, not a trial conducted in an American court.
Obama stated that Nuremburg showed that we as Americans are above others for having the sense to put the Nazis on trial. As if the US was the place they were tried and it was a US court. It was an international military tribunal and they were hung. There is no comparison and it highlights his ignorance as an individual. Now I am not saying that I would know everything about history, but I am smart enough to keep my mouth shut when I don’t know a subject. There is huge intelligence in knowing when not to speak. Unfortunately, Obama is not that smart.
Terrorism can not be fought through the criminal justice system; period. We tried that and the result was 911. Let's learn from history and not repeat it. That would probably be good advice for the Obama campaign.
We need better choices in candidates; period... You get the government you ignore. Rich Hand Author…