As I See It: So much for government-for-the-people

The police can legally steal your car. Did you know that? I’m not saying they would, but they could. They would not call it stealing. Under Hawaii state law, Civil Asset Forfeiture allows law enforcement to take your property almost at will. All they have to do is claim the property, car, boat, house, gun or cash had something to do with an illegal activity. Proof is not needed, just suspicion. There is a judicial review process, but it’s one-sided, as easy as getting a search warrant. If you have more cash on you than they approve, they can suspect and conclude it was for an illegal drug deal. Civil Asset Forfeiture turns the Fifth Amendment: “No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” On its head.

Editorial: Much as Trump tries to obstruct Jan. 6 inquiry, Supreme Court won’t play along

During his single presidential term, Donald Trump had a penchant for referring to federal judges and Supreme Court justices as though they ruled based on loyalty to the presidents who nominated them. Thus, Trump suggested, there were “Obama judges” and Trump judges. In 2018, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a stern rebuke: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.” He added, “That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”

Editorial: Don’t play politics with antisemitism

The recent hostage crisis at Congregation Beth Israel in suburban Fort Worth, Texas, is a reminder that antisemitism is a growing and global scourge, one that has forced synagogues across the U.S. and Europe to post armed guards and bar their doors. The idea that members of Congress would block any efforts to combat it is shameful.

Editorial: How to mess up a 5G rollout

It’s hard to know which is more messed up these days — air transportation, or the Biden Administration. As another case in point, consider the clash between airlines and wireless carriers over 5G.

My Turn: A national shame hiding in plain sight

In well-appointed homes, on farms, in factories and in restaurants in the U.S., thousands of people, even children, work long days cleaning homes, picking crops, making products, and washing dishes, busing tables and serving customers.

Editorial: Novak Djokovic’s coronavirus double fault

Top-ranked tennis star Novak Djokovic finally got his comeuppance for reckless behavior unbecoming of a global sports ambassador. Australia’s government deported him, and his exclusion from the Australian Open stalls Djokovic’s quest for a record 21 major championship titles. Even if he does ultimately outshine rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the court, he has ensured he’ll forever walk in their shadows as players who recognize their roles as leaders on the world stage and who inspire fans young and old by behaving honorably and responsibly.

Tyler Cowen: America’s loneliness epidemic squeezes the middle

Loneliness has been one of the greatest harms of the pandemic, and some people are more afflicted than others. In general, those at the very top and the very bottom of the socioeconomic ladder have had the most chances to meet and socialize, while those in between have suffered the worst consequences.

My Turn: Support secure voting

The most secure form of voting requires photo ID. In a poll, 80% said it was needed. This is the way to know the voter is actually the registered voter.

Commentary: The first prisoners arrived at Guantanamo Bay 20 years ago. Will it ever close?

On Jan. 11, 2002, a U.S. military plane landed at our base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the first men deemed “the worst of the worst” by then-Vice President Dick Cheney were brought into the now-infamous detention center. Jumah Al-Dossari, a citizen of both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia whom I would eventually represent, arrived a few days later. He was held as an “enemy combatant” based on the accusation that he was a member of al-Qaida, a claim made without substantiation or allegation that he had done anything to harm the U.S., its citizens or its allies.

Editorial: Officials have been relaxing some COVID protocols, leaving the public dazed and confused

Even as COVID-19 cases spiked last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cut in half the amount of time that people should remain in isolation after infection if they are without symptoms — and eliminated the recommendation that they get a negative test before they start interacting with other people. The change caused an outcry among many scientific experts who thought it was reckless.