Strange Libertarians

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"Strange Libertarians"

I expect to disagree with Cato Institute personnel about matters related to taxes and environmental regulation, but it’s really remarkable that a libertarian organization’s Vice President for Legal Affairs and director of its Center for Constitutional Studies has such a cavalier attitude toward civil liberties:

So how did Obama treat the Christmas Day bomber al-Qaeda sent us? The way his mentor, Franklin Roosevelt, treated the German saboteurs who landed on our shores? No — Abdulmutallab was “lawyered up,” read his Miranda rights, and encouraged to talk through his lawyer, like any common criminal. Some say that approach — like calling him “the underwear bomber” — reduces a terrorist’s stature. That’s fine for the playground (as if the terrorists were seeking simply to join the community of nations). This is the real world.

I suppose this is better than the suggestion than the view that we should be emulating Roosevelt’s treatment of Americans of Japanese ancestry but it certainly doesn’t sound like “Individual Liberty, Free Markets, and Peace” to me.

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