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Cutting Down America March 9, 2010

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, politics.
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According to news reports, the Obama administration will succumb to political pressure and try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed—mastermind of the 9/11 attacks—in a military rather than civilian court.

This is simply caving in to the politics of fear.

The implicit argument for military trials is that our civilian judicial system can’t handle these terrorists, who must have super-natural powers that would enable them to escape from custody before our eyes, despite the proven competence of the regular court system that has successfully put countless terrorists on trial.

As David Shorr writes:

As we build up the terrorists into some kind of superhumans, are we losing sight of how this diminishes us? It seems to me that this shows a profound lack of faith in our system, our values. Think of the contradiction at work here: America is a mighty and upstanding nation; it should cower in fear.

The thing about worst-case scenarios is that they are a slippery slope toward darker and darker predictions. Where do you stop? What keeps the scenarios moored in reality? And this is the really disturbing thing, the politics of the terror threat are propelling this great nation toward a policy based essentially on a freak-out.

These attacks on our judicial system are of course made by conservatives who claim to be patriotic proselytizers for American strength.

book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com