CNN Asks Whether Terror Suspect, A U.S. Citizen, ‘Deserves’ Due Process

So now it's OKAY that a major international "news" network poses the question of whether or not U.S. Citizens are entitled to Due Process ,a quirky little meme that's a part of the U.S. Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment to be precise.  Adopted in 1804, here's what it says: 

Section 1.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Here's what Daneil Maranas of the Huffington Post had to say about CNN's ticker:

CNN openly mused on Tuesday about whether the U.S. citizen apprehended for his alleged role in a terror plot was entitled to due process under the law.
A Twitter user spotted a chyron on the cable network with the question: “Does bombing suspect deserve due process?”
Contrary to CNN’s suggestion, no one “deserves” or does not deserve due process. U.S. citizens on American soil are guaranteed due process rights by the Constitution. Those rights include being informed of one’s charges, the right to counsel and a fair trial. (Even non-citizens on U.S. soil are entitled to these rights.)
Steve Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas School of Law, wrote as much in a column on CNN’s website.
Law enforcement arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, on Monday in connection with his alleged role in an explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and the planting of other explosive devices throughout the region. He was hospitalized for injuries sustained in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey. 
CNN’s discussion of Rahami’s legal rights appears to have been prompted by the comments of top Republicans. Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, lamented that Rahami was given medical treatment and is entitled to a lawyer provided by the federal government to defend himself in court, if he cannot afford one on his own.  
Trump’s apparent assertion that Rahami should be denied any kind of due process ― and the implicit credence CNN gave his view ― is a clear repudiation of the rights every criminal defendant is afforded under the Constitution.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a critic of Trump, also called on the Obama administration to label Rahami an “enemy combatant,” a category that would not require him to be tried in civilian courts. But even defendants tried in the United States’ military courts are entitled to medical care and legal representation.
Zachary Goldman, executive director of New York University Law School’s Center on Law and Security, said that there is “no reason why” Rahami should not be tried in civilian courts.
“These courts have been used to convict dozens if not hundreds of terror suspects in the post-9/11 era,” he said. “Military commission trials, because they are untested, the trials have taken a very long time. The ability to quickly secure a disposition of the trial in a way that is broadly accepted as legitimate by everybody is considerably greater in the normal civilian court system.”
NOTE:  Presumably this "error" was probably made by a minority intern at CNN, because we all know that minorities are just stupider than the rest of us, particularly if you happen to be White.   Problem is, we have the Bush Administration's Guantanamo Bay precedent of holding prisoners for a decade or more without charges and without trials.  Admittedly, none of the Guantanamo prisoners are American Citizens - although the Geneva Accords (to which the U.S. of A. is a signatory condemns this practice and terms it unlawful) -  so at least there's that.  
But what the fuck are we talking about when anyone could question whether or not Rahami - a U.S. citizen - should be denied due process of the law?  Even without electing Donald Trump, have we become so brainwashed already by his hucksterism that we're thinking about a Trump Presidency and what laws should change to accommodate his "policies?"



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