Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | November 15, 2009

Fraidy cats

Salon’s Glenn Greenwald calls the right wing of the American political spectrum on its constant state of fear:

The Right’s reaction to yesterday’s announcement — we’re too afraid to allow trials and due process in our country — is the textbook definition of “surrendering to terrorists.” …

People in capitals all over the world have hosted trials of high-level terrorist suspects using their normal justice system.  They didn’t allow fear to drive them to build island-prisons or create special commissions to depart from their rules of justice.  Spain held an open trial in Madrid for the individuals accused of that country’s 2004 train bombings.  The British put those accused of perpetrating the London subway bombings on trial right in their normal courthouse in London.  Indonesia gave public trials using standard court procedures to the individuals who bombed a nightclub in Bali.  India used a Mumbai courtroom to try the sole surviving terrorist who participated in the 2008 massacre of hundreds of residents.  In Argentina, the Israelis captured Adolf Eichmann, one of the most notorious Nazi war criminals, and brought him to Jerusalem to stand trial for his crimes.

It’s only America’s Right that is too scared of the Terrorists — or which exploits the fears of their followers — to insist that no regular trials can be held and that “the safety and security of the American people” mean that we cannot even have them in our country to give them trials.

He’s exactly right. When we let terrorists scare us into changing our essential American-ness, the terrorists win.

Cowboy up, America. And not in the faux, idoiotic W. cowboy sense.

Surely our justice system, our democracy, our Constitution can outshine the Spanish, British, Indonesian, Indian and Israeli systems. Or do Republicans, conservatives, neo-cons and religious right wingnuts really think so little of America?

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