Monday, November 16, 2009

A few brave conservatives

Reading through the uproar over the decision to try some of the Gitmo detainees in the US, it's clear that most conservatives are either pants-wetting cowards who are trembling in fear of the idea of a handful of OMG terrorists setting foot on US soil, or are afraid that the Bush administration's illegal conduct will be exposed during the course of the proceedings. Likely it's both. So I was surprised to see Grover Norquist, David Keene, and Bob Barr come out in favor of the trials.
We, the undersigned, urge Congress and the President to support a policy for detention, treatment and trial of suspected terrorists that is consistent with U.S. treaty obligations and constitutional principles. As it moves to close Guantanamo and develop policies for handling terrorism suspects going forward, the government should rely upon our established, traditional system of justice. We are confident that the government can preserve national security without resorting to sweeping and radical departures from an American constitutional tradition that has served us effectively for over two centuries.
I admit the cynic in me wonders what their angle is in releasing this statement, but I'm willing to take it at face value. So little sanity comes from that side of the fence. Maybe some of it will rub off on the terminally disengaged from reality hordes. [via]

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