Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Not Just Guantanamo Bay

If you believed America considered "due process" an imaginary term only in Guantanamo Bay, you'd be wrong. See this story, about Ali Al-Marri. The United States held him, a legal U.S. resident, "without charges for more than five years at a Navy brig in South Carolina." (See WSJ, 3/24/09, A7). Apparently, President Obama has finally ordered a trial.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. The rule of law isn't America's saving grace--the law always arrives last to an important event. If I'm wrong, then Mr. Al-Marri would have had a trial at some point in his five years in jail. People who place their faith in the law do not have recent history to support them.

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