Behind the Lines for Thursday, May 7, 2009 — 3 P.M.
Courts and rights: An appeals court yesterday upheld the legality of federal raids on a Virginia-based network of Muslim organizations, which caused a firestorm in the Muslim community, The Washington Post reports. “A 16-year-old homeschooled boy from North Carolina was taken away from his home in handcuffs two months ago and has been held by the FBI in Indiana ever since, a victim, his mother claims, of the Patriot Act spun out of control,” WorldNetDaily leads. Efforts to impose professional sanctions on Bush-era lawyers who drafted memos supporting harsh interrogations face steep hurdles, legal ethicists tell the Post. “Preventive detention will continue to have a place in the war on terror,” Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham contend in The Wall Street Journal — while John Bolton argues in the Post, again, that “Obama’s passivity before the threatened foreign prosecution of Bush administration officials achieves by inaction what he fears doing directly.”
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