A Message for Denny
Rights Are Not Priveleges
After Wednesday's mostly party-line vote in the Republican-run House, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, said in a statement that Democrats who voted against the measure "voted today in favor of more rights for terrorists."
CNN.com story on House passage of The
Military Commissions Act of 2006, regulating
interrogation and trial of foreign terrorism suspects.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Dear Speaker Hastert:
It appears that you do not understand the difference between rights and privileges. I have certain rights because I am a U.S. citizen, and certain others because I'm a human being. I don't have to earn those rights—they are mine.
Civil rights extend to all citizens—human rights to all human beings. They extend to people accused of crimes—violent or non-violent crimes, abhorrent or benign crimes. They extend to accused terrorists. They even extend to politicians.
No human rights, and no civil rights can legitimately be taken away—ever.
With due process, freedoms and privileges can be taken away, but the underlying rights cannot.
If an accused terrorist's rights can be denied, so can my rights. So can yours!
This is not debatable—not in America.
With deep concern,
J. C. Adamson