Today's Hot Topic: The Padilla Verdict

Padilla is guilty: The WaPo applauds the fact that Jose Padilla has finally had his day in court, but writes that what "was extraordinary, and reprehensible, was how long Mr. Padilla had to wait for the kind of due process most Americans take for granted." The NYT notes that it's "hard to disagree" with the jury's guilty verdict against Padilla, but argues that it would "be a mistake to see it as a vindication for the Bush administration's serial abuse of the American legal system in the name of fighting terrorism." USA Today calls the handling of Padilla's case an "embarrassment." The editors write that "this is the sort of abuse U.S. officials condemn when it happens in Iran, Cuba or China. That it happened here is shameful. It gave dictators everywhere the chance to shrug off criticism and contend that America does it, too." And leave it to the WSJ to criticize Bush administration foes who cite Padilla's case to argue that "the civilian criminal-justice system is adequate to the task of preventing terrorism, and thus the military shouldn't be holding enemy combatants at all." If war opponents had their way, the editors argue, Padilla "would walk free today." Undoubtedly those WSJ editors enjoyed Jenny S. Martinez's op-ed in the WaPo today, in which she labels the decision a "Constitutional victory." The trial, she writes, "showed that our federal courts are perfectly capable of dealing with terrorism cases."

By Rob Anderson |  August 17, 2007; 10:26 AM ET
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You manage to post this at 10:26, but we're dying over on the Achenblog. Remind me never to get you to watch my goldfish when I go on vacation. ;b

Posted by: yellojkt | August 17, 2007 11:55 AM

Rob, thought I'd visit you here after reading your guest blogger stuff for Achenbach. This is a pretty good idea - rounding up the editorials with links so that, if so inclined, one can read the entire piece. Unfortunately, this type of blog doesn't seem to lend itself to reader commentary. So, I hope you aren't evaluated by the WaPo dot.com higher ups by number of comments!

Posted by: jlessl | August 17, 2007 12:04 PM

I love my country....but I fear my government!

Posted by: B. Bielfield | August 17, 2007 04:49 PM

I love my country....but I fear my government!

Posted by: B. Bielfield | August 17, 2007 04:49 PM

I love my country....but I fear my government!

Posted by: B. Bielfield | August 17, 2007 04:49 PM

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