The American Bar Association on Liz Cheney’s ad about lawyers representing Guantanamo detainees:
In a statement to TPMmuckraker, ABA President Carolyn Lamm said that lawyers have an ethical obligation to “provide representation to people who otherwise would stand alone against the power and resources of the government–even to those accused of heinous crimes against this nation in the name of causes that evoke our contempt.”
The point of having Constitutional rights–and the reason for the Bill of Rights–is that rights should not be only for persons we like. And persons should be deprived of rights because they have done something to forfeit them, not because of what they are suspected or accused, but not proven, to have done.
Anyone can accuse based on anything . . . or nothing. (Sen. Joe McCarthy, q. v..)
It’s called “justice” and the “rule of law.” It’s the alternative to tyranny.
The Cheneys and their acolytes have never understood that.