Friday, December 10, 2004
I am not a lawyer. I do not play one on TV, nor to I claim to be a legal authority in the blogosphere.
That said, and despite the best efforts of CBS' David Paul Kuhn I will say what's on my mind if for no other reason that to make him angry.
This week, the House and Senate passed what is billed to be the most extensive reform of the US Intelligence Community in nearly half a century. Whether or not the reforms prove valuable, or merely political window dressing remains to be seen. I have a great respect for the men and women who work in the shadowy Intel world and will thus give them the benefit of the doubt for now.
Within the intel reform bill were also some anti-terrorism laws designed to give the government more effective tools in catching the bad guys.
That is, after all, what law enforcement is supposed to do. More often than not, the American Civil Liberties Union believes the exact opposite. They believe in making life easier for the criminal element and harder for those who would prosecute, imprison, and possibly execute said criminals.
Perhaps I should've warned the ACLU readers. The mere mention of state sanctioned execution might rupture one of their blood vessels.
You can read about the ACLU hysterics here.
Having admitted my non-lawyer status, let me explain a few things to the ACLU:
1. There exists no right to criminal behavior. Scour the Constitution all you want. Its not there. Therefore, if your scumbag clients get themselves caught by The Man while engaging in criminal activity, they'd better get used to a 6x9 cell with a large, morbidly obese roommate named Bubba.
2. Terrorists do not have a right to operate in this country. Nor do those who harbor, fund, or otherwise support said terrorists. Anyone participating in terrorist related activities who has the mis-fortune of falling into Uncle Sam's dragnet better make friends with Bubba too.
3. This nation is at war. There are those who seek to do this nation harm, and more often than not, you at the ACLU find yourselves on their side. Think about that very carefully. Would you have the same freedoms under their system of "government"? Methinks not.
4. Finally, a cheesy reference to a really bad Stallone movie. In Cobra, right after he had cleaned out and killed several thugs in a supermarket, Cobra was asked the following question by a reporter:
Reporter: Detective, did you use unnecessary deadly force?
Cobra: I used everything I had.
We've already learned through sad experience the consequences of senselessly limiting our ability to protect this country from her enemies. I, for one, would not want to be caught on the wrong side of this war.
Here endeth the lesson.