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What if they’re innocent?

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Yesterday’s arrests of terrorists—whoops, alleged terrorists—in a foiled bomb plot is the latest piece of evidence that police and intelligence officials are totally infallable in the eyes of the commercial media. I’m not saying there was no plan to blow up several planes over the Atlantic, but what happened to innocent until proven guilty? Doesn’t the news media have a responsibility to question what the authorities present as facts? If (because of investigator error or some other reason) any of the arrested suspects turn out to be innocent, their lives will be totally ruined. But I guess we’re in a war, and every war needs an enemy.

Anyway… just had to get that off my chest.

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