November 5, 2007

Dana Perino was asked if Musharraf had crossed the line in implementing martial law in Pakistan on Monday. I'm sorry I didn't post this yesterday, but things were so busy.

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Think Progress posted it so I'm quoting them here.

She said that the administration is “deeply disappointed” by the measure, which suspends the country’s constitution, and believes it is never “reasonable” to “restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism”:

Q: Is it ever reasonable to restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism?

MS. PERINO: In our opinion, no.

Too bad the BushCo. doesn't adhere to those same principles. One has to wonder if the General didn't get a little coaching on what to say after he quoted Abraham Lincoln to the Pakistani people:

The general, dressed in civilian clothes, quoted Lincoln, citing the former president’s suspension of some rights during the American Civil War as justification for his own state of emergency.

He accused the country’s Supreme Court of releasing 61 men who he said were under investigation for terrorist activities. “Judicial activism,” he said, had demoralized the security forces, hurt the fight against terrorism and slowed the spread of democracy.

Pakistani analysts said the emergency order was, in effect, a declaration of martial law because there were no constitutional provisions allowing such an on

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