The slippery slope of the war on terrorism

A couple of days ago, I closed out a posting with who defines a terrorist and what is terrorism. It seems as if the congress and the president have decided to not only include Americans but also Americans accused of terrorism on American soil. The intent is to enable the military or law enforcement to scoop them up, hold them in isolation on or off of American soil and not given access to a lawyer.
The literature of those in favor implied that the military and law enforcement would and does act responsibly. Today there was an article in the New York Times that pointed out “…IF you are ever on a jury in a marijuana case, I recommend that you vote “not guilty” — even if you think the defendant actually smoked pot, or sold it to another consenting adult. As a juror, you have this power under the Bill of Rights; if you exercise it, you become part of a proud tradition of American jurors who helped make our laws fairer.
The information I have just provided — about a constitutional doctrine called “jury nullification” — is absolutely true. But if federal prosecutors in New York get their way, telling the truth to potential jurors could result in a six-month prison sentence.
Earlier this year, prosecutors charged Julian P. Heicklen, a retired chemistry professor, with jury tampering because he stood outside the federal courthouse in Manhattan providing information about jury nullification to passers-by. Given that I have been recommending nullification for nonviolent drug cases since 1995 — in such forums as The Yale Law Journal, “60 Minutes” and YouTube — I guess I, too, have committed a crime…..” Law Prof Urges Not Guilty Vote in Pot Cases, Supports Man Arrested for Nullification Advocacy
Now do a little search and replace on the above article and think how this could be applied to terrorism as the definition stands today. It seems as if we have enough laws on the books in this country that we don’t have to suspend the constitutional guarantees and due process to make it easier on prosecutors.

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