Posted by: sean | June 25, 2006

General Principle

In his op-ed, A Threat That Belongs Behind Bars, professor Eric Posner informs us that the indefinite detention of “dangerous aliens,” regardless of whether or not they have committed a crime, should not be opposed on general principle. While it is true that there are precedents of such action in the alien and sedition acts and the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War, it is both disappointing and disconcerting that such black spots on American history are being held up as a defense of unconscionable behavior not befit of a civilized democracy. In these times, when the United States is committing torture, unlawful detentions and violent war crimes in the name of the war on terror, what our nation needs are more, not fewer, appeals to general principle.

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