American Opinion: On defense attorneys for terror suspects:
An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:
From The Associated Press
On defense attorneys for terror suspects:
In 1770, British troops who were called in to keep the peace in Boston were attacked by crowds who protested the increasing erosion of their rights and freedoms.
In a melee later called the Boston Massacre, the troops opened fire on the civilians, killing five of them.
They were charged criminally for their actions, and they had trouble finding anyone to defend them; after all, they had no friends in the onies, and the acts were seen as atrocities by the local population.
In stepped John Adams, a prominent Massachusetts attorney, who defended them (quite ably, as murder charges were reduced to manslaughter) and set the tone of the nation as one defined by law and where all defendants deserve defense.
Against this history, it is shocking that a group called Keep America Safe, which includes Elizabeth Cheney on its board of directors, would call into question the fact that the Department of Justice employs people who have defended terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
In a video posted to the group's Web site, they portray the Department of Justice as the "Department of Jihad," as if those who had worked to defend detainees were not worthy of employment.
In fact, the defense of suspects in heinous crimes is a necessary component of our judicial system, as it requires the government to prosecute cases to the fullest extent of the law and beyond a reasonable doubt.
Attorneys often have to present cases with which they may not agree, but in doing so, affirm the values on which this nation was founded.
Those who suggest otherwise have lost sight of the bigger picture.
-- Loveland (Colo.)Daily Reporter-Herald