The United States' legal system offers a number of avenues for exploitation by terrorists. Of particular concern, here, is the propensity of Americans to offer assistance to the terrorists in advancing these legal attacks.
After being sued by convicted terrorist Jose Padilla, I wonder whether our nation today has the same unity and tenacity to defeat the great security challenge of our day, the rise of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism. Even as our brave young soldiers fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, and our intelligence agents succeed in disrupting follow-ups to the 9/11 attacks, terrorists are using our own legal system as a weapon against us.
They use cases such as Padilla's to harass the men and women in our government, force the revelation of valuable intelligence and press novel theories that have failed at the ballot box and before the president and Congress.
"Lawfare" has become another dimension of warfare.
John Hinderaker tacked a comment on the end of Scott Johnson's post at Power Line:
Just be grateful those folks are so patriotic. God only knows what they would do if they weren't.