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Wendy Long on Homeland Security

 


Bush's anti-terror strategy succeeded; no threat to rights

At the Federalist Society, Attorney General Michael Mukasey delivered a speech of historic proportions: a disarmingly blunt apologia for Bush's legal positions and actions in War on Terror. He put down a marker for the incoming Obama administration: given the dangers involved and the stakes for the security of Americans, there will have to be a better reason than the empty criticisms voiced to date to justify an Obama departure from the Bush legal architecture.

The familiar refrain that the War on Terror has trampled constitutional rights, civil liberties, and even the rule of law itself rests "on a very dangerous form of amnesia that views the success of our counterterrorism efforts as something that undermines the justification for continuing them." Because the Administration's strategy has been successful--in the 7 years since 9-11, Al Qaeda hasn't launched another terrorist attack on American soil--the critics seem to assume that Al Qaeda "never posed much of a threat after all."

Source: Wendy E. Long in American Spectator, "Law on Terror" , Nov 26, 2008

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