Forget due process. Let’s make ourselves juries, judges, and executioners. According to an article titled Military May Try Terrorism Cases over at the Washington Post:

President Bush declared an “extraordinary emergency” yesterday that empowers him to order military trials for suspected international terrorists and their collaborators, bypassing the American criminal justice system, its rules of evidence and its constitutional guarantees. The presidential directive, signed by Bush as commander in chief, applies to non-U.S. citizens arrested in the United States or abroad. The president himself will decide which defendants will be tried by military tribunals. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will appoint each panel and set its rules and procedures, including the level of proof needed for a conviction. There will be no judicial review.

Meanwhile, at the ACLU website, one can read about how the ACLU Criticizes Government’s New Dragnet Plan to Interview Recent Foreign Visitors to US:

The Justice Department said today that it has compiled a list of at least 5,000 foreigners — all men ages 18 to 33 — who entered the United States on non-immigrant visas from January 1, 2000 to the present. The list of names has been sent to the 94 U.S. attorneys offices, who will then divide up the list with local police and others on anti-terrorist task forces. “The government should be encouraging those with information to come forward, rather than alienating the very people whose cooperation is key to this important investigation,” said Lucas Guttentag, Director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.

That’s exactly what I said a few weeks ago on this blog.

Elsewhere: In Kabul, now under Northern Alliance control, some Afghan men are shaving their beards, a few women are taking off their burqas, while suspected Taliban sympathizers are summarily executed by Northern Alliance forces. US troops in Kabul are too few to control the situation or ensure the safety of civilians. And investigation into the crash of Flight 587 shifts from a possible engine failure to an unexplained breakup of the tail section.

And a bit of good news: Presidents Bush and Putin have vowed to reduce warheads.


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