Letter: Ayotte’s stance tramples on Constitution
I was dismayed to see that The New York Times is identifying New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte as one of those calling for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be held as an enemy combatant. This tactic of dubious constitutionality enables, as I understand it, the individual to be held without charge indefinitely without trial, without access to legal representation or protection against self incrimination.
An issue here is how to define “enemy combatant” as distinct from any other accused person. The danger in this practice is a blurring of the distinction such that anyone could conceivably be named as such at the whim of the executive branch, wisked away to be tortured and confined for an indefinite amount of time without charge, trial or access to due process of any kind.
The danger to our existence as a free society ought to be obvious. It is especially alarming to read that public servants who have sworn an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution are eager to throw it aside.
Ayotte recently indicated her opposition to gun control measures that would impact those who seek to own firearms, presumably in support of the Second Amendment. It is curious then that she is willing to scrap the First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
I’m at a loss to explain the clamor for such dangerous (to our liberty) practice except as a shameful attempt to make political capital out of this tragic event, the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Surely we and those who have suffered at the hands of this despicable act deserve better. Shame on you Kelly Ayotte!
BRUCE W. CALLAHAN