I think the people want Zarek released, and blah blah and Adama doesn't give a damn because he's a terrorist.
However Zarek is the only one who was voted into office, so I would be on his side of the civil war.
Actually, Baltar was the one voted into office, allthough Zarek does have a point (as Baltar's vice-president, untainted by Cylon collaboration). I would wait to see the specific circumstances though, before taking sides.
Zarek also got elected by the survivers of his colony to the Quorum where he served for 9 months before becoming Baltar's VP.