Thomas Sowell on the trouble with treating terrorists as common criminals:
Neither the criminal law nor the rules of the Geneva Convention are suited to terrorism. International terrorism is an act of war without a formal declaration of war by the sovereign nation that is sponsoring the terrorists. Terrorism is not simply a domestic crime, even when it occurs within our borders. Nor are the terrorists soldiers, as defined in the Geneva Convention.
The more I read things like this, the more convinced I become that Bush’s DoHS does make some sense, after all. But none of it will convince me not to spend at least a few minutes each day worrying about the threat to our rights.
But the more of us who worry — and share those worries with a broad audience — the less we’ll really have to worry about.