A couple things have gotten my attention since the terror alert was raised to orange yesterday. First, Hawai’i has raised its level as well, making it the first time we’ve been at orange since September 11th. This makes me feel a little more sympathetic to the fluctuations of the national alert.
What disturbs me, though, are the recent preemptive arrests in Los Angeles. I get uneasy any time Americans start revoking the civil liberties of others. If they’re terrorists, that’s an even better reason to make sure they get Constitutional protection. I would argue that if the government is doing its job, they should be able to make terrorism charges stick in a criminal (as opposed to military) trial with a jury of their peers.
P.S. I’m grateful to Bene Diction and James Robinson for their comments on my earlier post. Thanks, guys.