This has been my concern since I first heard about the NSA’s bulk data collection. They seem to only be searching for evidence that would prove guilt and not collecting evidence that would prove innocence. The presumption of innocence is also gone. Of course, without any evidence of false prosecution, its only a concern, except:
This is awful. Its absurd that the primary evidence that led the FBI to suspect Mayfield, the fingerprints, were not actually his. Instead, they ignored that evidence and proceeded to build a case against him because of some circumstantial evidence. This should not happen under any condition.
Of course you can’t count on the courts to rule your way. That’s the way that it was designed. Its supposed to be a check on the rest of government. The prosecuters simply failed to make their case and, they lost. They can whine all they want but, this is the way that the system is supposed to work.
The thought that we should avoid trying accused terrorists in court is absurd. The prosecuters may not like that trials aren’t going their way but deciding that instead of trying them that they will simply hold them without trial is absurd and wrong. If we wish to punish these people for their alleged actions then the justice system needs to make their case in a trial. If they fail to do so then the only right thing to do is to let them go
Of course they have to make a case against him. It isn’t and should not be legal for the government to kill a citizen without a conviction. If they wish to proceed with a legal case against him. He needs to have the opportunity to defend himself as guaranteed by the fifth amendment.