Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The Scotsman - International - US 'preparing to detain terror suspects for life without trial'
Here is what bugs me about Democrats. On this issue here is what Carl Levin, the senior Democrat on the armed services committee had to say: "There must be some modicum, some semblance of due process ... if you’re going to detain people, whether it’s for life or whether it’s for years". Compare that with this quote from Lord Hoffman from Britains's House of Lords: "It calls into question the very existence of an ancient liberty of which this country has until now been very proud: freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention. The real threat to the life of the nation ... comes not from terrorism but from laws such as these." THAT is the kind of quotes Democrats need to be making. (And to be fair Levin may have made a more substantial statement or been quoted out of context.) But I find similar statements being made about other issues like the so-called social security "crisis". You cannot go along with the language and the assertion of a problem when it is demonstrably false. To do so validates the argument from the start and you are then locked in a battle to compromise.

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