Obama recently said “we are at war with Al Qaeda,” but he obviously meant that only in the legal sense — in the way that a district attorney is at war with the lawyer for the mafia.
We’re discovering the potential lethality that accompanies a bunch of ivy-league lawyers — hell-bent to protect America to death — treating terrorists like members of a Paducah street gang that just robbed a 7-11:
The chance to secure crucial information about al-Qaeda operations in Yemen was lost because the Obama administration decided to charge and prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as an ordinary criminal, critics say. He is said to have reduced his co-operation with FBI interrogators on the advice of his government-appointed defence counsel.
The potential significance became chillingly clear this weekend when it was reported that shortly after his detention, he boasted that 20 more young Muslim men were being prepared for similar murderous missions in the Yemen.
“He was singing like a canary, then we charged him in civilian proceedings, he got a lawyer and shut up,” Slade Gorton, a member of the 9/11 Commission that investigated the Sept 2001 terror attacks on the US, told The Sunday Telegraph.
I haven’t seen anything this naive since Roosevelt sent Doolittle’s Raiders off to Japan to place Hirohito under arrest (after bowing to him), read him his rights, supply him with a lawyer and insist that he not talk about where the next attack was going to take place.
Sarah Palin’s right: It’s a war, not a crime spree, and America needs a leader, not another liberal, community organizing lawyer.
We seem to have invented a whole new set of Miranda Rights for terrorists:
1. You have the right, dare we say duty, to remain silent, but if you’d like to talk but don’t want us to listen, just give the word and we’ll leave the room.
2. Anything you say can and will be used against the Bush administration.
3. You have the right to have an attorney present during questioning of the CIA’s counterterrorism techniques.
4. If you cannot afford an attorney, the people you’re accused of trying to kill will provide one for you. Just remember, if you’re released and eventually kill them, there might not be anybody to pay for your attorney the next time.
5. You have the right to a jury of your peers, and your peers are getting easier find thanks to the Obama administration’s insistence on importing terrorists just for the jobs.
6. You have a right to irony, such as being placed under the protection of the U.S. Constitution against your will by an administration that has claimed to loathe forcing the American way of life on people from other countries.
7. The next time a passenger on a jet tries to snuff out your underwear, you have the right to yell “bad touch” and if said passenger(s) do not cease and desist their touching, they will be arrested upon landing.
8. You have the right to consider the process of being read these rights “torture,” and if so you will be allowed to seek asylum at either Amnesty International or in Janeane Garofalo’s basement.
9. Do you understand and agree with these rights? Because if you don’t, we’ll give you a pen and you can cross out the parts you don’t like or add rights you think we should have included.
10. With these rights in mind, are you willing to have a civil trial so you can rail against the United States in open court, have access to U.S. intelligence in order to prepare your defense and possibly be acquitted due to a technicality like maybe that these rights weren’t read in your native language?