The U.S. System of Justice

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As the D.C. sniper trial gets underway, the Washington Post reminds its readers: “In the U.S. system of justice, everyone — no matter who they are or what crime they are accused of — gets to have a trial.” Unless, of course, the accused is an “enemy combatant.” Which raises the question: Why are U.S. citizens Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi, accused of planning, but not comitting, terrorist acts, incarcerated indefinitely without trial while Malvo and Muhammad, accused of actually committing such acts, are sitting in a Virginia courtroom?

2:12 pm on October 14, 2003