Friday, May 11, 2007

Safe haven for (1) terrorist suspect

Check out "The terrorist we tolerate," Rosa Brooks' criticism of the case of Luis Posada Carriles, about which Anna Koransky wrote here. A federal judge released Posada from custody this week because of the "mishandling" his immigration case (the Cuban citizen entered the United States illegally 2 years ago). Though he admitted responsibility for having bombed hotels in Havana and is suspected of other terrorist acts, no charges have been filed against him, nor, Brooks points out, has the government invoked "Section 412 of the Patriot Act, which calls for the mandatory detention of aliens suspected of terrorism." (See this guide to the Act by Slate's Dahlia Lithwick and Julia Turner.) Brooks concludes:
After 9/11, the phrase 'one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter' went out of fashion. But though no one will openly admit it, the idea still seems to hold some currency within the Bush administration.

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