Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 | 2:05 a.m.
In response to Dan K. Thomasson’s Monday column, “Terrorists mustn’t get U.S. court protection,” favoring a military tribunal for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (the underwear bomber) over the U.S. court system:
There is no way — other than through our civilian court system — to board the aircraft, apprehend the suspect, maintain him in custody, and require him to answer the criminal charges against him.
What Thomasson refers to as “the niceties of American jurisprudence” are the core tenets of the Constitution of the United States. This is the document that every holder of public office swears to protect and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
When the Constitution’s provisions are observed, successful prosecution can follow. When its provisions are flouted, we are left with a morass of unprosecutable offenders.