August 18, 2006

Effrontery...

Best of the Web points out that page 17 of Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's ruling includes this morsel:

....Plaintiffs here contend that the TSP has interfered with their ability to carry out their professional responsibilities in a variety of ways, including that the TSP has had a significant impact on their ability to talk with sources, locate witnesses, conduct scholarship, engage in advocacy and communicate with persons who are outside of the United States, including in the Middle East and Asia.

Plaintiffs have submitted several declarations to that effect. For example, scholars and journalists such as plaintiffs Tara McKelvey, Larry Diamond, and Barnett Rubin indicate that they must conduct extensive research in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and must communicate with individuals abroad whom the United States government believes to be terrorist suspects or to be associated with terrorist organizations.

In addition, attorneys Nancy Hollander, William Swor, Joshua Dratel, Mohammed Abdrabboh, and Nabih Ayad indicate that they must also communicate with individuals abroad whom the United States government believes to be terrorist suspects or to be associated with terrorist organizations, and must discuss confidential information over the phone and email with their international clients...

This just amazes me. You expect to find plaintiffs in cases like this complaining that they are innocent persons being harassed unfairly. These guys are complaining that they are being harassed because they are guilty! The duty of an American citizen who has contacts with possible enemy agents during wartime is to go to the FBI, and cooperate fully with whatever measures are needed in the way of intelligence gathering, surveillance or attempted capture. (Or in the case of terrorists, who are violators of the laws of war, assassination.)

Since these plaintiffs have not done any of this, they are, in my estimation, spies and traitors, and should be treated as such.

Posted by John Weidner at August 18, 2006 4:32 PM
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