Sunday, October 12, 2003

Enemies of the State

While we're on the subject of people denied due process by the Bush Administration, let's not forget Jose Padilla, currently languishing in a military brig. Unlike the prisoners at Guantanamo, Padilla is an American citizen, and he is held on American soil. The government's position in his case is that the President can arbitrarily strip anyone of their constitutional rights simply by designating them an "enemy combatant".

Maybe they should just be honest and call him an "enemy of the State". Then we'd all be clear about what we're dealing with here.