Monday, July 14, 2008

Concerning suspected terrorists detained at Gitmo and elsewhere

Everyone critical of Bush administration policies worries that we're trampling on the rights of innocents. Okay. But what about this--did you catch what constitutional scholar John Yoo had to say about this recently:

"Just as there is always the chance of a mistaken detention, there is also the probability that we will release the wrong man. As Justice Antonin Scalia's dissenting opinion notes, at least 30 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay -- with the military, not the courts, making the call -- have returned to Afghanistan and Iraq battlefields."

Fundamental: yes, we as conservatives must be aware of protecting liberty and individual rights. But as American conservatives, we must balance this with protecting our national security, from terrorists, who have not exactly been shy about attacking us. Remember that.