Detention of Terrorist Suspects
guayiya at BELLSOUTH.NET
Wed Nov 28 19:20:03 PST 2001
When President Carter ordered visa checks for all Iranian immigrants, a
lawsuit was filed complaining of discrimination based on national origin. In
response to my inquiry, a certain DOJ attorney informed me that the case
involved "foreign policy, not individual rights" (alluding to Marbury). I
believe the action was later dismissed on "political question" grounds. Is
this argument better or worse?
Francisco Forrest Martin wrote:
> I just heard the most remarkable statement from Alberto Gonzalez, who is
> White House counsel, on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Gonzalez said that
> the detention of thousands of terrorist suspects was based not on race --
> BUT ON NATIONAL ORIGIN or age. Is this the best that the White House can
> get for legal counsel?
> Francisco Forrest Martin
> Ariel F. Sallows Professor of Human Rights
> University of Saskatchewan College of Law
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