Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Unhealthy Balance Sheet - Janet Albrechtsen

IF we conducted an audit of civil liberties, the result would go something like this. If you are an alleged terrorist detained at Guantanamo Bay, suspected of waging murderous jihad against the West, you can count on a certain class of vocal Westerners defending your right to a fair trial. Fair enough. But if you're a right-wing commentator who publishes views that may offend the feelings of a minority group, don't count on much support for your rights: your right to free speech or your right to a fair trial. Go figure.
I hope this dissenting judge is wrong, however I fear he is correct:
Justice Antonin Scalia said: "The nation will live to regret what the court has done today."
Some Australians are pushing for an Australian Constitution Bill of Rights*. We don't need this:

And as Chief Justice John Roberts concluded, the majority's decision was no win for democracy. Stripping Congress of power, the American people lost "a bit more control over the conduct of this nation's foreign policy to unelected, politically unaccountable judges".
*Bill of Rights - corrected, sorry.

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