From the USA Today this morning, OpEd. It speaks for itself:
"Jose Padilla, who was born in New York and grew up in Chicago, landed at O'Hare airport more than three years ago and hasn't been seen since. He disappeared into a succession of jails and military prisons without being charged with a crime, without trial and without even a hearing on the allegations against him.
In a ruling that puts the liberties of every citizen at risk, a federal appeals court said Friday there's nothing wrong with that.
Worse, the ruling — expected to be appealed — isn't limited to O'Hare airport or to Padilla. The court said Congress has given the president authority to order the jailing of anyone anywhere for as long as he wishes, as long as he claims it's connected to the war on terrorism.
That sounds more like the power accorded a dictator than the president of the United States. Repeal of the Constitution's Fourth, Fifth and Sixth amendments wasn't part of the package when Congress passed that anti-terrorism resolution after the 9/11 attacks."
This, my friends, is the definition of an "activist judge", a term that the far-right fringe of the GOP has hijacked and applies only to so-called "liberal" judges. It goes both ways, people, it goes both ways. And this judge's ruling sickens me.
The direction of the country MUST be reversed, before it's too late.