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Tilting at Windmills

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December 2, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

GRANDMA IN GUANTANAMO....It's good to see that the Bush administration is keeping a level head in the war on terrorism. The subject in federal court yesterday was the government's ability to detain any foreigner they wanted for any reason they wanted:

Could a "little old lady in Switzerland" who sent a check to an orphanage in Afghanistan be taken into custody if, unbeknownst to her, some of her donation was passed to Al Qaeda terrorists? asked U.S. District Judge Joyce Hens Green.

"She could," replied Deputy Associate Atty. Gen. Brian Boyle. "Someone's intention is clearly not a factor that would disable detention." It would be up to a newly established military review panel to decide whether to believe her and release her.

So actual intent to aid terrorism isn't a factor. Doesn't that just make you feel tingly all over?

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