Political Nutz

Observations on the pathetic state of American politics

The Constitution, Trials… Why bother?

In today’s New York Times op-ed page, former Bush administration assistant attorney general Jack Goldsmith contends the U.S. shouldn’t bother with trials for accused terrorists: just lock them up forever. After all, the government could “save money and time and avoid political headaches.”  I guess I missed that part of the Constitution.

It’s troubling that an experienced, learned jurist has so little faith in our judicial institutions. But then again this is the same Jack Goldsmith who authored The Terror Presidency to justify the excesses of the Bush presidency in executing the war in Iraq including the use of torture.

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