I think that letter writer Brad Ashforth (“Terrorism: Military tribunals set bad example,” Nov. 27) probably meant well with his improbable vacationers scenario and the quaint quotes of protest song lyrics, but really it is almost impossible to believe that anyone would believe such drivel. Military tribunals are what is appropriate in the instance of war crimes – period.
A military tribunal is exactly what a terrorist deserves. Terrorists commit acts of war and so they should be treated as war criminals in a court that deals with war crimes. I somehow doubt that innocent people on vacation to our country will have any reason to fear that they will lose their freedom for the simple reason of not being born here.
Marine barracks were bombed by Middle Eastern males, the USS Cole was bombed by Middle Eastern males, the World Trade Center was bombed by Middle Eastern males, a Middle Eastern male was captured with a trunk full of explosives destined to be detonated in Los Angeles, and Sept. 11 was all done by Middle Eastern males. There have been promises of more terrorist attacks and I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out who needs to be questioned. Racial profiling? I don’t think so. Just common sense? Most certainly.
I read the article on Nov. 22 (“Activists advise immigrants on rights in FBI sweep”) about the American Civil Liberties Union encouraging Middle Eastern men not to cooperate with the Justice Department and I honestly found that deplorable. Maybe it is naive to think that if a person has nothing to hide there shouldn’t be any problem with an interview. Yes, there will be innocent people inconvenienced but also hopefully there will be terrorists at least sent on the run if not caught. Now is a time when all Americans should be doing whatever they can to help rout terrorist from our midst. Sometimes people have valuable information that they just don’t know is worthy but a savvy investigator can put it with other information and find a clue! It doesn’t mean you had anything to do with the crime but just unknowingly had useful information.
It is a very scary time in our history but I honestly feel that as a nation we shall overcome the adversity we now face both at home and abroad. We will be stronger and better for it. I have to believe that for myself and for my family.