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The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank reports that Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC is trying to make a deal with President Obama:

Graham has provided Obama a way out of this standoff: Send KSM to a military tribunal in exchange for Congress abandoning legislation that would deny funding to close Gitmo. Next, the administration would work with Congress to create a “national security court,” which would govern how other current and future terrorism suspects can be held in preventive detention.

This was criticized rightly by Glenn Greenwald who suggested it might lead to something like Minority Report, the adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story where the police receive telepathic indications of crime before it happens.  But the real crime is having the venue of a criminal trial decided by political branches like a health care bill.  Where is due process in all this?  This invites intervention by the federal courts in a way injurious to the cause of justice.  How would you like politicians deciding whether say you get tried by a jury or not?  It’s outrageous.

Besides, Senator Graham is also involved in an intrusive effort that is more dangerous than the Dangerous REAL ID that the states beat back in an monumental political effort.  It would require an ID card for all legal workers in the United States.  Check this out from the New York Times:

In addition to opening a path to legal status for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, the bill Mr. Schumer and Mr. Graham are shaping would tighten enforcement against hiring illegal immigrant workers by creating a national biometric identification card for all workers, including American citizens and legal immigrants.

A national BIOMETRIC identification card?  ALL workers?  This is what the Wall Street Journal described for such an ID card:

A person familiar with the legislative planning said the biometric data would likely be either fingerprints or a scan of the veins in the top of the hand. It would be required of all workers, including teenagers, but would be phased in, with current workers needing to obtain the card only when they next changed jobs, the person said.

Has Senator Graham read the Book of Revelation?

“He [the second beast] also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.”  Revelation 13:16-17 (NIV)

I once admired Senator Graham so much I sent him an email hoping he would someday run for President.  But any politician who would advocate a biometric ID card for all American workers is beyond the pale of my support.  “I know not what course others may take,..” the most famous Hanoverian once said, but I know my choice.  As a follower of Christ, I have no choice.  If Senator Graham does not repudiate this idea I will not support him for any office nor encourage others to do so.

PS:  If anyone reads this and is convicted to know more about Jesus Christ, contact me off post at [email protected].

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (R). Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. (Of course this is no endorsement of this blogpost or blog by the International Bible Society or Zondervan)

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UPDATE:  I misspelled Dana Milbank’s name.  My apology!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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