The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

10-Jul-2007

Releasing Terrorists in the USA

Filed under: Constitution & RightsDemocratic Methods — eidelberg @ 5:18 am

1) In view of the Olmert Government’s decision to release 250 Arab terrorists as a “confidence building” gesture toward Mahmoud Abbas, would Americans storm the White House if Bush were to do the same—say as a confidence building gesture toward Osama Bin Laden?

2) And what might Congress do in such a matter? Impeach the president? Would the likes of Senate Majority Leader Harry Read (D) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) oppose impeachment?

3) And what of the US Supreme Court in a suit against the President? Would the liberal Democrats on the Court say that terrorism is a form of expression protected by the First Amendment?

If you feel unsure about the answers to these questions, what makes you unsure? Is it the United States Constitution—its system of institutional checks and balances?

Or perhaps you feel that Americans are public spirited enough to deluge their congressional representatives with messages saying, in effect, “Stop this madness and injustice or you will lose your job in the next election.”