In Defense Of Secret Tribunals

Why Bush is right: at a time of critical danger, we can't afford a legal circus

The war in Afghanistan is going well. The Rockaway plane crash is looking like an ordinary accident. And there are no new anthrax victims. Seems like a good time to enjoy a breather, a holiday from seriousness, the seriousness we woke up to on Sept. 11. Hence the righteous fulmination from critics left and right against measures the Bush Administration has put in place to detain, question and try suspected terrorists.

Yes, more than 1,000 have been held in connection with Sept. 11, many on flimsy charges like visa expiration. Well, Zacarias Moussaoui, arrested in August, signed up for flight school...

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