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Tilting at Windmills

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January 2, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

TERRORISM WATCH....Some of the usual suspects were complaining a few days ago about our fair weather "allies" the French, who obviously don't really care about terrorists on airplanes since all they did was question some of the suspects on those Christmas Eve Air France flights and then just let them go. Hell, what do they think the Bastille is for, anyway?

Here is today's news:

Britain canceled two British Airways flights between London and Washington yesterday, and tightened air security also prompted U.S. officials to forbid a New Year's Eve flight from Mexico City to Los Angeles and to question for hours passengers who had arrived at Dulles International Airport on a flight from London.

No arrests were made on any of the flights Wednesday or yesterday....

In other words, we did exactly what the French did: we questioned a bunch of people, found no reason to hold them, and then let them go.

This is quite proper, of course, so I'd like to take this opportunity to point out to some of my more enthusiastic Gitmo admirers on the right that in most western democracies including America you still need to have probable cause and actual evidence in order to arrest and hold someone. Being on a government watch list doesn't count.

So far, the current governments of Britain, Mexico, France, and the United States all seem to agree on this. Hopefully it will stay that way.

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