On Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the Boston Marathon bombing, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was already speaking publicly about her hopes that those responsible would be tried in military commissions.
That was before we knew much of anything about the nature of the attack or the suspects. Today, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went quite a bit further.
The reaction from The Atlantic’s David Graham rings true: Lindsey Graham “is suggesting that an American citizen, captured on American soil, should be deprived of basic constitutional rights. Keep in mind that Graham isn’t just an angry citizen; he’s not even just a U.S. senator. He is also a trained lawyer, a colonel in Air Force Reserve, and a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, the legal arm of the Air Force.”
The Republican senator should, in other words, know better. Indeed, when it came to helping lead the charge to impeach President Clinton in 1998, Lindsey Graham was quite fond of the “rule of law.”