November 22, 2006


Reno Joins Criticism of Anti-Terror Strategy (Dan Eggen, November 22, 2006, Washington Post)

Former attorney general Janet Reno has taken the unusual step of openly criticizing the Bush administration's anti-terrorism strategy -- joining seven other former Justice Department officials in warning that the indefinite detention of U.S. terrorism suspects could become commonplace unless the courts intervene.

Ms Reno had sense enough to kill the terrorists she went after so folks like her couldn't advocate for them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 22, 2006 8:31 AM

She's just jealous.

Posted by: Kirk Parker at November 22, 2006 11:04 AM

She's just jealous.

Posted by: Kirk Parker at November 22, 2006 11:07 AM

It's just projection. She murdered all those people at Waco, and they were Innocent(in the eyes of the justice system, and so innocent in the eyes of liberals). Now she is attempting to atone for her sins, getting it wrong again, as liberals are wont to do.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at November 22, 2006 11:51 AM

The indefinite detention of suspected or accused war criminals serves no good perpose. It signals confusion and indecision of our part.

Are the detainees prisoners of war? If so, they are to be held until the end of hostilities with the authority against whom we are at war. The problem with this test is that they are not part of any responsible organization agaist whom hostilities will cease on an identifiable date.

Under international law as we recognize it, those who fight without uniform or equivalent identifying mark, who do not bear arms openly and who are not part of a responsible organization are mere bandits, not entitled to P.O.W. treatment. The problem is that most of the rest of the world has ratified an addendum to the Geneva Conventions extending the rights of privileged belligerency to anyone fighting agains "occupation." In practice this means anything goes if the bandit is fighting Americans of Israelis.

So where does this leave us? Well, for one thing when we start giving the needle to all those war criminals, the axis of weasels may be expected to accuse us of war crimes for executing individuals who, be their conception of the law, should have been prisoners of war.

Now that the MCA has offered a legislative fix to Hamdan it is time to move quickly if we dare. Otherwise the whole scheme is exposed a sham and a bluff. The Nazi submarine commandos in ex parte Quirin swung in a matter of weeks. I don't think we have the nerve.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 22, 2006 8:55 PM