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What Constitutes a Fair Trial?

Anne_1 Wrote: May 12, 2012 8:20 AM
I've been thinking about the Judge's column since yesterday. Very troubling. While I struggle with the issue of these terrorists being tried in NYC (if only because of the mass disruption it would cause New Yorkers, who have already paid a huge price just because of the location) the other points the Judge makes are very valid. We are all justifiably concerned about OUR rights being stripped away... we really need to THINK about the Judge's warnings. Don't forget, this pres. has already ordered one American assassinated, who's next?
shubi_ Wrote: May 12, 2012 8:25 AM
The man gave up status as an "American" when he engaged in armed conflict against the USA.
Gilchrist Wrote: May 20, 2012 12:45 PM
Actually he didn't. To give up one's status as an American requires a formal renunciation of citizenship as some Americans who fled to Canada and acquired Canadian citizenship to avoid the draft subsequently found out. What an American waging war against the United States does do is commit treason for which he can be tried in civil court unlike a foreign national who wages war against the United States.

The trial of the alleged masterminds of 9/11, which began last week at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will address some of the most profound issues of our era. Are natural rights truly inalienable, as Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, or can the government take them away from those it hates or fears? Does the Constitution protect the rights of all persons who come in contact with the government, or does it protect only certain Americans, as the government argues? Can the government deny a person due process by changing the rules retroactively, or...