The president now has at least part of his toolbox against terrorism, with the vote by the senate to give him his trial methods and practices for interned terrorists, and those that may be coming in the future. Unfortunately, like everything else of importance, the impact of the new rules were lost in the pre-election rhetoric that so often clouds lawmaking in the nation's capitol.
This is one case where the President needed the power, and should have it, despite the clanging cymbols of the Democratic Party leadership who were afraid of civil rights violations, and potential court challenges. Were there another major attack, these same politicians would be screaming for more security.
The difficulty is always in the balancing of civil and human rights against the needs of warfare. It is indeed unfortunate that people die in war zones, and the world seems to be one large war zone these days. The price we pay to gain security for ourselves and our families is somewhat reduced freedom of action, and strong efforts against known, and even unknown enemies. They think nothing about YOUR human, civil or even personal rights, and they don't care about your kids either. While not suggesting that we stoop into their gutter, I do suggest that we need need to recognize that it takes power to enforce persuasion against violence. When an enemy perceives you are weak and disorganized, he will attack.
So, its time to stop the political rhetoric and stand behind the Government in its efforts to ensure that security is strong enough to make even the stupidest terrorist unwilling to cross our path.
As usual, I would appreciate comments.