Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the Padilla case. This is probably the most important case the Supreme Court has heard since World War II. The question is whether the goverment can indefinitely detain an American citizen arrested on American soil without filing charges, giving access to a lawyer or presenting any proof of wrongdoing. In other words, is this a country governed by the rule of law, or by the president’s say-so? I think the Court not only needs to get this one right, but it needs to be unanimous. They have to hit this one out of the park. If the Court gets this wrong, then even I, patriot that I am, might have to think about whether I can continue to live here, and to be a citizen of this place. Updates as events warrant.