Thursday, March 28, 2002

An article in The Christian Science Monitor, which states that nearly 1400 people have been arrested in connection with the recent terrorism, and only one has been charged in connection with the terrorism, is entitled 'Legal war on terror lacks weapons'. The article goes on to say: "even serious suspicions and apparently concrete proof can evaporate in the face of challenges from a defense lawyer, as happened in the case of Lotfi Raissi". This would be the case where the American authorities lied to a British court in order to attempt to get Mr. Raissi extradicted. I guess pointing this out to the British court could be called 'challenges from a defense lawyer'. The gist of the article seems to be that the complete and utter failure of American and European authorities to find either any evidence of al-Qaeda cells or any connections between the people they arrested and either al-Qaeda or the 9-11 terrorism means that citizens just have too many damn civil liberties. The more complicated conclusion, that al-Qaeda in fact had nothing to do with 9-11, opens up too many uncomfortable questions, not the least of which is the uncertanty of not knowing who or what you are seeking (apparently, the U. S. authorities knew it was al-Qaeda almost immediately). It is much easier simply to pass a lot more laws restricting civil liberties.