The Houston Chronicle published a great editorial Sunday regarding the overzealous John Ashcroft’s plans to run roughshod over the constitution to pursue “enemy combatants”.
The Chronicle doesn’t provide editorial content on-line, unfortunately.
Even to a lay person, Ashcroft’s proposals are extreme and clearly infringe on the constitutional rights of American citizens. Nonetheless, it has fallen to him, apparently, to serve as the legal equivalent of a guard dog against terrorists. As such, it is Mr. Ashcroft who must propose ways of dealing with those apprehended.
Conversely, it is the responsibility of Congress and the Judicial Branch to review and revise these notions of justice. Let us all hope they perform this function well.