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U.S. justice system far better than others

The way officials are handling Natalee Holloway's disappearance in Aruba should make every American thankful for U.S. justice.

Sure, we whine that the accused has more rights than the victim, but what we're seeing in Aruba is plain scary.

First, officials locked up two security guards for nine days without having the evidence to do so, or saying why they detained them.

Then, they coddled a judicial official's son and two friends who were the last to have reported seeing the 18-year-old recent high-school graduate alive.

Eventually, when the case stalemated and pressure built for action, police detained the trio June 9 and continue to hold them.

Justice there appears like the T-shirt slogan that says, "Kill them all and let God sort them out." In Aruba, police apparently lock up suspects while they see if they can generate enough evidence to charge them.

In the case of the former security guards, the government couldn't make its case, and eventually released the two men. Even Natalee's mother, Betty Twitty, protested police continuing to hold the men.

Congress is debating extension of the Patriot Act that gives government officials too much leeway in trampling on citizens' rights.

Americans, while concerned that government agents will investigate suspected terrorists too gently, need to be wary of Rambo tactics in the Patriot Act.

Everyone wants Natalee found, but not even her mother wants innocent people to suffer in the process.

Some provisions of The Patriot Act are an invitation to that type of justice.

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