Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno speaks at Brown
By Associated Press, 3/17/2003 22:41
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) In the war against terrorism, the Bush administration has failed to balance the scales of liberty and security, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno told a packed audience Monday night at Brown University.
After watching President Bush's address, Reno said, ''We will not solve the world's problems by might.''
''I had hoped people would come up with an opportunity for him to save face,'' she said.
Bush on Monday night said the United States would lead a war against Iraq unless Saddam Hussein in the next 48 hours went into exile.
Reno also criticized the White House's policy toward enemy combatants.
''Two citizens today are being held incommunicado in military brigs in this country, without being charged, without access to counsel, by the simple fact that the president has declared them what is called 'enemy combatants,''' Reno said, referring to ''dirty bomb'' suspect Jose Padilla and the Louisiana-born Yasser Esam Hamdi.
''What has happened to the Bill of Rights? What has happened to due process? What has happened to the Geneva Convention? If they're not prisoners of war, what are they? And what rights do they have?'' she asked.
Reno, whose father immigrated to the United States from Denmark, also denounced profiling at the borders.
''We are a nation of immigrants, made great by immigrants,'' she said.
Reno was the first female attorney general. She made an unsuccessful bid last year for governor of Florida, losing to the president's brother, Republican Gov. Jeb Bush.