“From the time I became mayor of the City of Seattle, I have directed constantly that in the making of arrests without warrant no person shall be thus arrested unless the officer making the arrest has information of his own knowledge or evidence from some other person upon which to base a definite charge for the violation of some law or ordinance.
So far as I have controlling influence, there has been and shall be no dragging of people to jail for detention and release without charge, or for nominal charge unsustained by evidence or expecting dismissal by the police judge.” – Seattle Mayor George Cotterill, 1913 (George Cotterill, Hiram Gill and the Potlatch Riots)
This is a great quote from a time in Seattle’s past when the rainbow of political beliefs seemed to be a little wider than it is now. I recommend that you follow the link and read the whole article. At the time Mr. Cotterill was Mayor of Seattle, people held wildly different beliefs and some people were afraid of it. Those people wanted to suppress those different beliefs through any means, even if they had to stretch the laws and the Constitution, others (such as Mayor Cotterill) believed America could handle different beliefs. He believed (and I believe) that we already have laws that cover almost any situation and we don’t need to start ignoring those laws just because some people are scared.
I believe it takes a lot more than even 3,000 dead in a terrorist attack (a tragedy to be sure) to start disregarding Constitutional principles like the rights of everyone to fair and open trials, and disregarding other legal and moral principles that forbid torture of any prisoners.