Skip to comments.'Lawfare' loses big
Posted on 01/30/2012 10:11:05 AM PST by Martin_Schmidt
The guerrilla legal campaign against national security suffered a big defeat this week, and the good news deserves more attention. The victory for legal sanity came Monday when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision to toss out a suit brought by aspiring terrorist Jose Padilla against a slew of Bush Administration officials.
Readers may remember that Padilla was arrested in 2002 for plotting to set off a dirty bomb on U.S. soil. He was detained as an enemy combatant, convicted in a Miami court and sentenced to 17 years in prison. But Padilla has been adopted as a legal mascot by the ACLU and the National Litigation Project at Yale Law School, which have sued far and wide alleging mistreatment and lack of due process.
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The left really are carpetbaggers for our enemies.
Very true. And, if I’m remembering correctly, he was arrested on U.S. soil. It would be different, in my opinion, if he had been captured in the “war zone,” which is difficult to define in this case. But, at the very least, if he was captured abroad, it would be not quite as clear-cut.
I agree. Even if they had caught him in Afghanistan, I think I would prefer to have him tried in federal court, and in a timely manner. Three years in the Charleston Brig was a big mistake.
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