America is fighting a war for the liberty that terrorists threatened in September–the liberty that makes this country what it is. It seems a complete paradox that anyone in our government would allow that very liberty to slide during the course of war. The mention of such a paradox brings to mind the internment of the Japanese in WWII. Every Japanese-American, regardless of the history of their citizenship, was thrown into a concentration camp here in the U.S. at the very same time we were fighting toward the release of the Jews from their camps. When the case for one Japanese man came before the Supreme Court, he lost. Korematsu v. the U.S. was never overturned, which leaves a precedent that might allow this horrific irony of war to happen again.
However, I seriously doubt that even John Ashcroft could talk good ol’ Bush into anything as rash as FDR’s executive order. And from the way it looks right now (no blacklists, like Daniel mentioned), Ashcroft is not necessarily pulling America into the ugly abyss of McCarthyism. In my opinion, the issue right now is not whether U.S. citizens’ freedoms are at threat, but instead whether foreign terrorism suspects should be granted the same rights as citizens. Should America set the example by treating the non-citizen immigrants as our own, or should America focus more on maintaining the protection of its true citizens?
Just my take. This is fun, thanks a lot for letting me in on all this…I hope you don’t regret it! Oh oh, and just in case there is in fact need for a new name for a prejudice panic, I like “Turban-Terror” myself.