A stunner in the case against Padilla, the U.S. Citizen who has been locked up for the last two years without judicial review as an "enemy combatant":
[A]dministration officials now concede that the principal claim they have been making about Padilla ever since his detention—that he was dispatched to the United States for the specific purpose of setting off a radiological “dirty bomb”—has turned out to be wrong and most likely can never be used against him in court.
(Via Michael Froomkin.)
Needless to say, this is why the Founding Fathers demanded that the state justify its decision to deprive the accused of her life or liberty.
Funny how you find wisdom in old things. Funny how we keep learning that you discard the old in favor of the new only reluctantly. Funny how the current administration seems intent on pushing every envelope that it can find.
I'm reminded of Wanda's line to Otto from A Fish Called Wanda:
Aristotle was not Belgian, the principle of Buddhism is not "every man for himself," and the London Underground is not a political movement! Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up.Perhaps we should look up whether "everything is up for grabs" is a conservative principle.