no trial for padilla

Author-lawyer Scott Turow deconstructs recent moves by the DoJ in the Padilla “dirty bomber” case:

For argument's sake, let's assume that Padilla might well be the lethal spawn of Osama bin Laden. But even if that's true, the fundamental legal question is whether , as an American citizen , he is entitled to a real day in court before being locked away. While the Bush administration claims that Padilla's status as someone who was allegedly fighting on behalf of our enemies deprives him of normal due process rights, I have a hard time believing that the framers of the Constitution, after fighting the abuses of the English monarch, had any intention of ever allowing a president to imprison citizens simply on his say-so.