Who would have believed it? Constitutional “due process” is now under debate across the United States. The latest lively debate regarding the president’s right to assassinate American citizens without due process was on Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Glenn Greenwald and Professor Wendy Schiller were at odds with blogger Andrew Sullivan and Maher.
Greenwald outlines his thoughts on the session in a post on Salon.
It’s a difficult forum to make serious points that aren’t often heard – time is short, the environment is comic and raucous, there’s a vocal live audience, you’re competing with multiple people even for the limited time allotted – but I thought the Awlaki discussion was actually quite good given those constraints. Of course there’s a lot more I wish I could have said, but I felt like there was actual evolution even among Andrew and Maher in how they talked about the topic as we went on (it seemed like that was true of the live audience as well), and that doesn’t often happen. I think it had the capacity to make people whose only previous thought was I’m-glad-The-Terrorist-Is-Dead see that there are many more implications than that.
First, The Powers That Be made torture a debatable point, and now, due process. It’s scary to think of what the next “debatable point” will be.