And, even if Padilla is the only American who has had his Constitutional rights pulled right out from under him, then this country is still in a world of serious, deep, shit. **IT’S OUR CONSTITUTION! OUR BOTTOM LINE!! ** It’s the foundation of all U.S. citizens’ rights–the absolutely unbreakable, rock-solid guarantee that all citizens enjoy certain basic legal protections. Only now we don’t. see the problem here? It’s a big one.
It doesn’t take a whole city-full of Americans being wrongfully detained, or even fifty or a hundred of them–it only takes the precedent of ONE American being denied his fundamental rights for our entire system of laws and justice to be gravely imperiled. Yes. Gravely. True, there is still time for us to remove the cancer and change things back to the way they once were. But there is no promise that that definitely will occur.
I don’t think this can really be over-exaggerated, can it? For all the blustering there is about Bush the suxxxor on this Board and society in general, it actually surprises me that there is not more outrage then there already is. And there already is a lot.