|Nice OpEd at the Baltimore Sun about the US and British Constitutions. According to the writer, America, by enshrining a written constitution and Bill of Rights, has an overly legalistic view of "freedom," namely that it can be defined by a formal document. Hence all the efforts to circumvent said document through legalese and technicalities ("enemy combatants," prison camps in places where the U.S. Constitution has no authority, e.g. GitMo, Poland).|
On the other hand, the British, with no written constitution, have arrived at a point in their political history where "freedom" requires no lawyer to define. It is (to borrow a phrase) "self-evident."
All of this is related by the writer to Parliament's recent quoshing of Blair's efforts to lock terror suspects up for 90 days without trial.